Ornithology is one of the Florida Museum’s earliest formally recognized scientifically themed collections. It was the first to have a dedicated curator when Charles Doe donated his life’s work–the Doe Egg Collection–and joined the Museum under Thompson van Hyning in the early 1930s. The Ornithology Collection now houses over 110,000 bird specimens, from bones and skins to eggs and recordings.
Bird skeleton collection
This collection of 28,000 specimens, representing about 3,100 species, is approximately the fifth-largest in the world in number of specimens and species, with major strengths in birds from Florida, the Caribbean islands, and the New World tropics.
Bird skin collection
The bird skin collection contains about 25,000 specimens representing at least 2,300 species. These are mostly study skins, but in recent years we have greatly increased the number of specimens with associated spread wings.
Bird egg collection
The egg collection, consisting of 13,000 sets representing 733 species, is 11th-largest in North America in number of sets and 15th-largest in number of species. It represents about 90 percent of the species and subspecies of North American birds. Especially well-represented are sets of eggs from New England and Florida.
Bird sound collection
The bird sound collection consists of approximately 30,000 cataloged recordings representing about 3,000 species. In number of species it is the second-largest such collection in the Western Hemisphere and perhaps third- or fourth-largest in the world.