2184 Birds | Natural History Museum


Detail from the hummingbird cabinet

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Discover an extinct dodo, our historical hummingbird cabinet, and a Victorian avian anatomy display in the Birds gallery.

From endangered species to native British breeds and contemporary conservation efforts, explore the wonders of our bird collection.

Star specimens and exhibits

  • cases of nesting birds dating from 1883, featuring blackbirds and storm petrels
  • a selection of eggs ranging from those of the tiny hummingbird to the giant elephant bird
  • two passenger pigeon specimens, a species that once numbered in the billions and is now extinct
  • framed prints from John James Audubon's famous Birds of America book
  • a beautiful painting of the extinct great auk

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