UCM Birds

Occurrence dataset published by University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

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UCM Birds

Description

Vertebrate Zoology in the CU Museum of Natural History is a biodiversity repository of more than 120,000 specimens from five taxa: Fishes, Amphibians and Reptiles (Herpetology), Birds, Mammals, and Osteology. With the exception of birds, our collections are the largest collections of their kind in Colorado. Specimens from Colorado and the surrounding plains, plateaus, and basins are the strength of our collection. Since our specimens document changes in biodiversity over the last 200 years, they are treasures of biological and historical significance.

The bird specimens were collected from the early 1800s to the present. Nearly 6,000 specimens were donated by the Colorado College Museum in Colorado Springs in the 1960s. This material includes the collection of Charles E. Aiken, a pioneer ornithologist in Colorado, and dates back to 1805. Our egg and nest collection is of historic value, containing specimens mainly from Colorado and parts of the midwest, and featuring groundwork laid by Denis Gale and G. Morrison on Boulder County avifauna from the late 1800s.

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Administrative contact
Christy McCain
Curator of Vertebrate Zoology
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway 80309 Boulder CO United States 303-735-1016
Metadata author
Christy McCain
Curator of Vertebrate Zoology
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway 80309 Boulder CO United States 303-735-1016
Originator
Christy McCain
Curator of Vertebrate Zoology
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway 80309 Boulder CO United States 303-735-1016

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University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Publication Date

Feb 5, 2014

Registration Date

Apr 9, 2008

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Taxonomic Coverage

7 type specimens (1 holotype & 6 paratypes). The bird collection is home to several specimens of iconic extinct species such as Passenger Pigeons and Carolina Parakeets.

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Aves (birds)

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The geographic scope of our bird specimens is global representing 38 countries, including over two hundred from Colombia. But as in all of our collections,… more

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Geographic Coverage

The geographic scope of our bird specimens is global representing 38 countries, including over two hundred from Colombia. But as in all of our collections, the emphasis is on Colorado species (over 80% represented).

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John Wieczorek
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Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley
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