Bird collections

The Museum's bird collections include eggs, nests, skins, skeletons and specimens preserved in spirit. Housed in the Natural History Museum at Tring, they are among the largest ornithological collections in the world. The collections are cared for by the Museum's Bird Group.

If you are a researcher wanting to visit our collection, please contact us to make an appointment. The collection is not open to the public.

Geospiza magnirostric, large ground finch.
Bird collection type specimen database

Search or browse bird type specimens and access catalogue data on holotypes, syntypes, lectotypes and neotypes.

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Zoology collections team

Contact the zoology team collections team for scientific enquires about the collections, visits and loans.