Description

The Ornithology Collection contains more than 70 000 specimens of mounted birds, skins, skeletons, eggs and specimens preserved in alcohol.

One of the largest Australian avian collections, primarily of Australian species and with a strong Victorian emphasis, it includes material from a broad spectrum of the world’s avifauna and represents in excess of 4000 species. Many are of great historical significance, especially those purchased from John Gould in the mid-19th century.

One of the largest collections in Australia, it includes material from early explorative trips through central and northern Australia. There are also representatives of many birds now long extinct. The collection contains valuable type specimens.

Taxonomic range

Kingdoms covered include: Animalia.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the Museums Victoria Ornithology Collection is 70,000.

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Metadata last updated on 2016-12-22 12:08:21.0

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Location

11 Nicholson Street
Melbourne
Victoria 3001
Australia

Contact

Dr Kevin Rowe
Senior Curator of Mammals
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Karen Roberts
Collection Manager, Vertebrates
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Membership

Member of Council of Heads of Australian Faunal Collections (CHAFC)

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Digitised records available through the Atlas

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