Detail from the hummingbird cabinet

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 The Birds of America book
  • a beautiful painting of the extinct great auk

Explore the galleries with the Museum map

Find out how to get around with the Museum map. There are four zones to discover.

The diversity of birds

Discover the world's birds in an online exhibition.

A collaboration between the Museum and Google Arts & Culture.

Check out the Hintze Hall balcony displays

Explore the seabird and pheasant displays on the first-floor balcony in Hintze Hall.

The birds of American Animals

It's not hard to imagine why a group of teenagers might attempt to steal John James Audubon's iconic and valuable book The Birds of America, a true story told in the film American Animals.