MVZ Egg and Nest Collection (Arctos)

Occurrence dataset published by Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

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MVZ Egg and Nest Collection (Arctos)

Description

MVZ egg and nest specimens are catalogued separately from traditional specimens (skins, skeletons, fluids). The egg and nest collection contains over 14,000 items, including over 12,800 egg sets, 220 nests, and 900 egg-nest combinations. The size of this collection ranks it as one of the largest such collections in North America. Eggs of nest parasites (e.g., cowbirds) are present in approximately 120 sets, and 150 egg sets or nests are associated with catalogued bird specimens. Eggs in this collection range in size from the tiny eggs of hummingbirds (0.2 grams) to the gigantic eggs of the extinct elephant bird (9 kilograms). Approximately 80-90% of the specimens are accompanied by original collector data slips and by photographs of sets taken in the museum, both of which are digitally linked to the record online. These data slips contain information on collecting locality, date, clutch size, incubation, identification, nest composition, and nest placement.

Temporal coverages

Living time period: 1843 to present

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Administrative contact
Carla Cicero Cicero
Staff Curator of Birds
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley 3101 Valley Life Science Building, Berkeley, CA US, 94720-3160 94720-3160 Berkeley CA United States (510) 642-7868
Metadata author
Carla Cicero
Staff Curator of Birds
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley 3101 Valley Life Science Building 94720-3160 Berkeley CA United States (510) 642-7868
Originator
Carla Cicero
Staff Curator of Birds
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley 3101 Valley Life Science Building 94720-3160 Berkeley CA United States (510) 642-7868

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Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Publication Date

Jun 24, 2014

Registration Date

Apr 13, 2013

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Taxonomic Coverage

The MVZ egg and nest collection contains all major orders of bird.

CLASS
Aves

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The MVZ egg and nest collection is global. Geographic representation is greatest for western North America, but there also are significant holdings from Europe, Asia, Africa, and most other continents… more

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Geographic Coverage

The MVZ egg and nest collection is global. Geographic representation is greatest for western North America, but there also are significant holdings from Europe, Asia, Africa, and most other continents.

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Associated parties

Point of contact
Rauri Bowie
Faculty Curator of Birds
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building 94720-3160 Berkeley CA United States (510) 643 1617
Point of contact
Dusty McDonald
Arctos Database Programmer
University of Alaska Museum
Programmer
John Wieczorek
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley