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MVZ Egg and Nest Collection (Arctos)

Latest version published by Museum of Vertebrate Zoology on Jul 3, 2018 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ egg and nest specimens are catalogued separately from traditional specimens (skins, skeletons, fluids). The egg and nest collection contains over 14,000 items, including over 12,800 egg sets, 220 nests, and 900 egg-nest combinations. The size of this collection ranks it as one of the largest such collections in North America. Eggs of nest parasites (e.g., cowbirds) are present in approximately 120 sets, and 150 egg sets or nests are associated with catalogued bird specimens. Eggs in this collection range in size from the tiny eggs of hummingbirds (0.2 grams) to the gigantic eggs of the extinct elephant bird (9 kilograms). Approximately 80-90% of the specimens are accompanied by original collector data slips and by photographs of sets taken in the museum, both of which are digitally linked to the record online. These data slips contain information on collecting locality, date, clutch size, incubation, identification, nest composition, and nest placement.

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 15,648 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)
    15648
  • Multimedia 
    28078
  • ResourceRelationship 
    15648

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

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Data as a DwC-A file download 15,648 records in English (3 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: 9ce52ff6-01b6-44a2-b617-9bc2ee8e8cd1.  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 egg and nest collection is global. Geographic representation is greatest for western North America, but there also are significant holdings from Europe, Asia, Africa, and most other continents.

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

Taxonomic Coverage

The MVZ egg and nest collection contains all major orders of bird.

Class  Aves

Temporal Coverage

Living Time Period 1843 to present

Additional Metadata

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

Alternative Identifiers 9ce52ff6-01b6-44a2-b617-9bc2ee8e8cd1
http://ipt.vertnet.org:8080/ipt/resource?r=mvz_egg