Ornithology

eagle being prepared

#MuseumLife, Bald Eagle Specimen

Bald eagle Scientific name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus Specimen: UF-O-52443 Although bald eagles were on the brink of extinction due to habitat loss and im...
finished killdeer specimen

#MuseumLife, The Killdeer Specimen

Specimens are often donated to the Florida Museum by local residents and citizen scientists. If they hold scientific value or are important to a collection, the...
A researcher holds the newly described manakin species, Machaeropterus eckelberryi, during a 1996 expedition to Peru. Florida Museum photo by Andy Kratter

New Peruvian bird species discovered by its song

A new species of bird from the heart of Peru remained undetected for years until researchers identified it by its unique song. A researcher holds the newly described manakin species, Machaeropterus eckelberryi, during a 1996 expedition to Peru. F...

Extinct tortoise yields oldest tropical DNA

The well-preserved skull of an extinct tortoise species. Florida Museum of Natural History photo courtesy of Nancy Albury An extinct tortoise species that a...
Florida Museum researcher David Steadman displays a 20,000-year-old American alligator fossil skull from the Ichetucknee River in north Florida. Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace

A reptilian anachronism

American alligator older than we thought New study also shows it shared ancient Florida with giant crocodiles Florida Museum researcher David Steadman displays a 20,000-year-old American alligator fossil skull from the Ichetucknee River in north F...
Florida Museum of Natural History Ornithology Curator Dave Steadman

Thomas Farm: a prehistoric treasure

Places like the Hell Creek Formation in Montana and the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles echo famous prehistoric discoveries. But at the bottom of a sinkhole nea...
Reel-to-reel recording

Bird calls on demand

Digitized collection now available online Museum ornithologist Tom Webber examines a reel-to-reel tape of bird sounds in the collections.Florida Museum photo by Jeff Gage While standing next to a shelf filled with thousands of aging reel-to-reel...