Birds collection (ZO) of the Muséum …

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Birds collection (ZO) of the Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN - Paris)


The database AVES concerns the bird collections of the Museum national d'Histoire naturelle de Paris. The MNHN bird collection is estimated to 180 000 specimens, including approximately 2500 types. Today, the database concerns only study skins and mounted skins, but the collection includes also skeletons, eggs, nests and fluid preserved specimens. Search results follow Howard and Moore 2003 (updated to corrigenda 8-2008) nomenclature and taxonomic sequence. The upper geographical rank conforms to the ISO 3166-1 code. Undetermined locality does not necessarily mean that the information is no available, but that its validity has not yet been checked. This and others additional information are sometime accessible by consulting label photographs that we progressively add to the data base. At the end of 2011, only skin specimens from France and Pteroclidiformes are fully databased, but new data are added regularly for various taxa. If you spot an error, please send your remarks to bousses(at)mnhn(dot)fr

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Patrick Boussès
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Simon Chagnoux

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MNHN - Museum national d'Histoire naturelle

Publication Date

Nov 25, 2014

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Nov 22, 2011

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MNHN - Collections

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