MVZ Bird Collection (Arctos)

Occurrence dataset published by Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

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Summary

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MVZ Bird Collection (Arctos)

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 ("schmoos"). Tissues, anatomical parts (e.g., syrinx, stomach contents), and parasites are routinely preserved with specimens. Many specimens also are associated with cataloged audio recordings.

Temporal coverages

Living time period: 1832 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

Mar 1, 2014

Registration Date

Apr 13, 2013

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Taxonomic Coverage

The collection is taxonomically synoptic, with representatives of every Recent order of birds. For most orders there is at least 70% representation at the generic level.

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Aves

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The MVZ bird collections are global. Geographic strengths are western North America from Alaska and British Columbia through southern Mexico. In addition, … more

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Geographic Coverage

The MVZ bird collections are global. Geographic strengths are western North America from Alaska and British Columbia through southern Mexico. In addition, there are major series of specimens from Central America (especially Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica), South America (in particular, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay, and Argentina), the Hawaiian Islands, the South Pacific, Australia, and Africa.

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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