DMNS Bird Collection (Arctos)

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he Denver Museum of Nature & Science bird collection contains approximately 53,000 specimens from around the world (1842 to the present), with a focus on the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains regions. The collection is worldwide in scope (six out of seven continents represented) with excellent taxonomic coverage of class Aves (205 out of ~224 families represented). Ordinal representation is excellent; however, more than half of the birds in the collection belong to Passeriformes. The collection includes study skins, skeletal material (~5,000, most with associated skin), taxidermy mounts, frozen tissue samples (~12,000), and associated parasites (ecto- and endoparasites). Growth of the collection continues primarily through salvage activities. The 7,000 egg sets/nests are curated separately - this collection is also global in scope with a focus on North America and Europe.

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Occurrence (core)

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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 2f54cb88-4167-499a-81fb-0a2d02465212.  Denver Museum of Nature & Science publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.


Occurrence; Specimen; Occurrence


Garth Spellman
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Curator of Ornithology
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
80205-5798 Denver
+01 303-370-6469
Andrew Doll
  • Point Of Contact
Zoology Collections Manager
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
80205-5798 Denver
David Bloom
  • Programmer
VertNet Coordinator
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley
Dusty McDonald
  • Point Of Contact
Arctos Database Programmer
University of Alaska Museum

Geographic Coverage

The DMNS bird collection is global, with the largest holdings from the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains region.

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

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Class Aves

Temporal Coverage

Living Time Period 1842-present

Additional Metadata

Purpose Natural History Research and Education
Alternative Identifiers 2f54cb88-4167-499a-81fb-0a2d02465212