23 March 2013

bird field trip flashback part 2: a million dead birds!

time to trot out the olde eagle.
the american museum of natural history has one of the world's largest bird collections, containing more than a million specimens, including examples of species that have been extinct for hundreds of years.

the collections manager, paul sweet, gave us an amazing behind the scenes tour. we came face to face with penguins and eagles and looked through drawer after drawer of jewel-like perfectly preserved birds.

paul explained to us the importance of specimens in studying birds and some of the measures being taken to protect them.

you can never have enough parakeets.
check out this eurasian eagle-owl.

hummingbirds are very tiny.

one bird, a guianan cock of the rock, looked like it had a slice of orange on its head.

what a beautiful bird!