Bird Collection

General description

The Bird Collection preserves approximately 20,000 individually registered taxidermy specimens. Established in around 1830, it became a world-famous collection by the end of the 19th century, where numerous type-specimens (133) were retained. The whole material accounting for about 40.000 mounted specimens was completely destroyed in 1956, including the valuable ones from the tropics, substitution of which is no longer possible. The majority of the present material has originated from the Carpathian Basin, thus the representation of the avifauna from this region is quite significant
We also have a remarkable collection from Australia, Brazil and Argentina.

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Curator:Tibor István Fuisz

Collection size

Number of inventoried specimens: 19.265
Mounted: 2.220
Study skins: 11.220
Skeletons: 2.400
Nests: 160
Clutches: 3.255 (approximately 14.500 eggs)
Genetic samples: 117

Number of species: approximately 1.800
Number of type Specimens: 0

The items of the Bird Collection are individually registered, each of them has an inventory number which is tagged either on the mounted and skin specimen or on their storage unit (in the case of nests and bones).
Complete digital database of the specimens, including photographs of the mounted specimens, is available at our location.
The collection is open for visitors by appointment only.
Collection materials are available for scientific examination by external researchers at our location.
To discuss any of your requests, please contact our curator at the following address:

On-site examination
Terms and Conditions (PDF)
Research permit form (DOC)