The Moore Laboratory of Zoology is located at Occidental College. The bird collection houses over 64,000 ornithological specimens. It is the largest Mexican bird collection in the world. The vast majority of the specimens are study skins (60,677), but the MLZ also contains 1,364 skeletons and 536 sets of nests and eggs. Robert T. Moore and his wife Margaret founded the MLZ in 1950, moving Moore’s personal collection from his Pasadena home to the building at Occidental College. Prominent collectors aside from Moore include Chester C. Lamb (who worked as Moore’s primary collector for decades and collected over 40,000 of the MLZ’s specimens), the Olalla Brothers and Sons, Mario del Toro Aviles, C.F. Underwood, J.T. Wright, and W.W. Brown. The collection continues its growth today with the addition of species from the western U.S. and Mexico.
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The MLZ bird collection is global, with the largest holdings from Mexico (50,000 specimens) and Ecuador (6,100 specimens). Other geographic strengths include Honduras (2,200 specimens), Guatemala (1,200 specimens), and Costa Rica (1,200 specimens). Most parts of Mexico are well-represented with the exception of Baja California and the Yucatan Peninsula.
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]|
Taxonomic strengths of the MLZ bird collection include Tyrannidae (7,494), Trochilidae (6,969), Passerellidae (5,171), Parulidae (3,923), Icteridae (3,651), Cardinalidae (3,611), Troglodytidae (2,866), Turdidae (2,810), and Thraupidae (2,508). Robert T. Moore described nearly all of the 82 bird holotypes, paratypes, and topotypes currently in the collection.
|Living Time Period||1830-present|