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
What 5,000-year-old penguin poo can teach us about climate change
Looking at the record of bird poo preserved for thousands of years could give us clue as to what might happen as climate change gathers pace.23 October 2020
How listening to bird song can transform our mental health
Listening to some bird song can help improve our mental health.
Meet the neighbours: eight surprising animals living in UK towns and cities
It's not just foxes, rats and pigeons in the concrete jungle.
Nature: liberated by lockdown?
What really happened to nature in 2020?
Unframed print of a sketch by Audubon of an American flamingo bending near water.
Unframed print of a sketch by Audubon of an American white pelican perching on a riverbank.
Unframed print of a sketch by Audubon of parakeets perched together on branches.
Unframed print of a sketch by Audubon of two snowy owls watching for prey.
An elegant, illustrated book on the glorious birds of America.