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MVZ Bird Collection (Arctos)

Latest version published by Museum of Vertebrate Zoology on Oct 31, 2018 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

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.

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 207,728 records. 2 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)
    207728
  • ResourceRelationship 
    207728
  • Multimedia 
    2735

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.

Downloads

Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 207,728 records in English (26 MB) - Update frequency: unknown
Metadata as an EML file download in English (9 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (7 KB)

Versions

The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ), University of California, Berkeley

Rights

Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: e3b959d6-fcbe-4a28-a166-e4a807c340a0.  Museum of Vertebrate Zoology publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.

Keywords

Occurrence; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Carla Cicero
Staff Curator of Birds
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley 3101 Valley Life Science Building 94720-3160 Berkeley CA US (510) 642-7868
http://mvz.berkeley.edu

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Carla Cicero
Staff Curator of Birds
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley 3101 Valley Life Science Building 94720-3160 Berkeley CA US (510) 642-7868
http://mvz.berkeley.edu

Who filled in the metadata:

Carla Cicero
Staff Curator of Birds
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley 3101 Valley Life Science Building 94720-3160 Berkeley CA US (510) 642-7868
http://mvz.berkeley.edu

Who else was associated with the resource:

Programmer
Laura Russell
VertNet Programmer
Programmer
David Bloom
VertNet Coordinator
Programmer
John Wieczorek
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley
Point Of Contact
Dusty McDonald
Arctos Database Programmer
University of Alaska Museum
http://arctos.database.museum
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 US (510) 643 1617
http://mvz.berkeley.edu

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.

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

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.

Class  Aves

Temporal Coverage

Living Time Period 1832 to present

Additional Metadata

http://vertnet.org/resources/norms.html

Alternative Identifiers e3b959d6-fcbe-4a28-a166-e4a807c340a0
http://ipt.vertnet.org:8080/ipt/resource?r=mvz_bird