Field Museum of Natural History (Zoology) Bird Collection

Latest version published by Field Museum on Nov 20, 2019 Field Museum

The Division of Birds houses the third largest scientific bird collection in the United States. The main collection contains over 480,000 specimens, including 600 holotypes, 70,000 skeletons, and 7,000 fluid specimens. In addition, the division houses 21,000 egg sets and 200 nests. The scope of the collection is world-wide; all bird families but one are represented, as are 90% of the world's genera and species. Included among its many historically and scientifically valuable individual collections are the H. B. Conover Game Bird Collection, Good's and Van Someren's African collections, C. B. Cory's West Indian collection, the Bishop Collection of North American birds, a large portion of W. Koelz's material from India and the Middle East, and many separate collections from South America, Africa (Hoogstraal from Egypt) and the Philippines (Rabor).

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 519,412 records. 1 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Occurrence (core)
    519412
  • Multimedia 
    2367

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

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Data as a DwC-A file download 519,412 records in English (33 MB) - Update frequency: unknown
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Versions

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GBIF Registration

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Keywords

Occurrence; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Sharon Grant
Technology Liaison to Science
Field Museum of Natural History 1400 S Lake Shore Drive 60605 Chicago IL US 3126657203
http://fieldmuseum.org/users/sharon-grant

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Sharon Grant
Technology Liaison to Science
Field Museum of Natural History 1400 S Lake Shore Drive 60605 Chicago IL US 3126657203
http://fieldmuseum.org/users/sharon-grant

Who filled in the metadata:

Ben Marks
Collection Manager
Field Museum of Natural History 1400 S Lake Shore Drive 60605 Chicago IL US
http://fieldmuseum.org/users/ben-marks

Who else was associated with the resource:

Principal Investigator
Shannon Hackett
Associate Curator of Zoology, Birds
Field Museum of Natural History 1400 S Lake Shore Drive 60605 Chicago IL US
http://fieldmuseum.org/users/shannon-hackett
Programmer
Laura Russell
Programmer
Principal Investigator
John Bates
Curator
The Field Museum of Natural History The Field Museum of Natural History 60605 Chicago IL US

Geographic Coverage

Global

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]