The skeleton, skin, and tissue collections are fully databased and can be searched online. The egg collections is not yet databased.
Formation of the collection began when the Museum was founded in 1957. Among the collections that can be found here are those of George Miksch Sutton, Allan R. Phillips, Olin S. Pettingill, T.D. Burleigh, D.S. Rabor, M. Hachisuka, Vivien Hewitt, and Sibley’s Yale-Peabody Expedition. We also maintain an archive that contains field notes and other documentation from some of these collectors.
Further information about the collection and requests for data or loans should be directed to Matthew Halley, Interim Curator of Birds. Researchers requesting destructive samples should review our Destructive Sampling Policy for instructions on how to request samples and conditions that apply.
The Bird Department staff is also responsible for the mammal collection. We do not have collections of reptiles, amphibians, or fishes.