UCLA Donald R. Dickey Bird and Mammal Collection

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The UCLA Donald R. Dickey Bird and Mammal Collection consists of over 50,000 skins and skeletons of birds and mammals from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and islands in the Pacific. The collection was developed by Donald R. Dickey of Pasadena between 1910 and1932. Donated to UCLA in 1940 by his widow, Florence Van Vechten Dickey, it is one of the world's best collections of birds and mammals of the American southwest and Central America. It is used for teaching and research by faculty, students, and visiting scientists.

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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 8631295a-f762-11e1-a439-00145eb45e9a.  UCLA-Dickey Collection (UCLA-Dickey) publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF-US.


Occurrence; Specimen


Kathy Molina
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Collection Manager
University of California, Los Angeles
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Hershey Hall, 612 Charles Young Dr. East
90095 Los Angeles
+01 310-825-1282
Laura Russell
  • Programmer
David Bloom
  • Programmer
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley

Geographic Coverage

Our geographic strengths include western North America and Middle America, with major series from Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Costa Rica.

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

Taxonomic Coverage

The avian collection includes representatives of every order and 75% of the families; the mammal collection is less comprehensive, spanning 35% of the orders and 40% of all families. The collection has significant systematic and taxonomic value in that it contains over 200 holotypes, including 183 bird and 48 mammal taxa, respectively.

Class Aves (birds), Mammalia (mammals)

Additional Metadata


Alternative Identifiers 8631295a-f762-11e1-a439-00145eb45e9a