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.
Search or browse bird type specimens and access catalogue data on holotypes, syntypes, lectotypes and neotypes.
The avian anatomical collections include skeleton and spirit collections, together totalling around 33,600 specimens.
The world-renowned avian skin collection at the Museum hosts almost 750,000 specimens.
Researchers from around the world are using our collections for their work. Find out how to access our collections here.
Meet the Bird Group's curatorial staff and some of our affiliated and associated researchers.
We welcome potential new donations of British and exotic species. Contact us about donating your specimens.
Found a ringed bird? Find out how to report the sighting and help advance our knowledge of British and Irish birds in the wild.
Browse and search references, useful links and catalogues relating to the Museum bird collections.
Get in touch with Bird Group staff or enquire about our collections.