Institutional Collection: Bird Specimens

Collection Information

CollectionCode: 
Bird
Status of Collection: 
Active
Accession Status: 
Institutional
Collection Description: 

The MVZ bird collection is one of the largest in the United States. It houses over 185,000 catalogued specimens, including 174 holotype and 2 syntypes. The majority of specimens are study skins, but the collection also contains over 21,000 skeletal specimens and 3,200 fluid-preserved specimens. Other types of preparations include flat specimens (wings, skins) and body skins with skeletons. Tissues, anatomical parts (e.g., syrinx, stomach contents), and parasites are routinely preserved with specimens. Many specimens also are associated with cataloged audio recordings.

Collection Content Type: 
Biological: Preserved organisms, their parts & products
Biological: Animal-derived (skins, eggs, feathers, etc.)
Biological: Cells, tissue (non-human)
Preservation Type: 
Sample Treatment: Cryopreserved
Sample Treatment: Dried
Sample Treatment: Fluid preserved
Sample Treatment: Skeletonized
Sample Treatment: Slide mount
Storage Environment: Recorded (digital, paper, film, audio, etc.)
Access Eligibility and Rules: 
The MVZ bird collection is open to visitors by advance appointment, and specimens are sent on loan upon request. Access and loan information is available on the MVZ website: http://mvz.berkeley.edu/Access_Loans.html
LSID: 
urn:lsid:biocol.org:col:34777
Cool URI: 
http://grbio.org/cool/a3j0-riym

Collection's Mailing Address

Mailing Address 1: 
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
Mailing Address 2: 
3101 Valley Life Sciences Building
Mailing Address 3: 
University of California
City/Town: 
Berkeley
State/Province: 
CA
Postal/Zip Code: 
94720-3160
Country: 
USA

Collection Contact Information

Primary Contact: 
  • Created: 24 April 2013 - 12:28pm EDT
  • Updated: 17 July 2015 - 9:22am EDT
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