MMNH Museum Bird Collection

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The Bell Museum's Bird Collection currently houses approximately 46,000 catalogued specimens. Of these, the majority are standard, dried study skin preparations, although there are approximately 3,600 skeletons, 2,500 sets of eggs and 450 nests. Many of the recent specimens (> 4,000) have accompanying frozen tissue samples.

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Bell Museum Bird Collection (MMNH)


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Occurrence; Specimen


Keith Barker
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Curator of Genetic Resources
Bell Museum of Natural History
100 Ecology Building, 1987 Upper Buford Circle
55108 St. Paul
+01 612-624-2737
Laura Russell
  • Programmer
VertNet Programmer
David Bloom
  • Programmer
VertNet Coordinator
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley

Geographic Coverage

Most specimens come from the upper midwest and the majority of these are from Minnesota. However, there are about 12,000 specimens from Mexico. We also have historically important collections from the Philippines resulting from the Menage expedition.

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

Taxonomic Coverage


Class Aves (birds)

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 85484744-f762-11e1-a439-00145eb45e9a