Norwegian version of this page

Bird Collection

The Bird Collections contain study skins from Norway and abroad, eggs, skeletons and bones, sperm cells fixed in formalin, and whole bird specimens fixed in ethanol. The museum also has a large collection of bird DNA and tissue samples organized in NHMO DNA Bank. The scientific bird collections are primarily used for research purposes, though some objects are also displayed in the museum’s exhibitions.

Study skins of Puffins (Fratercula arctica) in the Bird Collection.

There are about 10.000 bird species world wide. 496 species have been observed in Norway (by 31 December 2014). The Norwegian List is maintained by The Ornithological Society of Norway.


Search the collection: Visit the Collection Explorer to search for objects in The Bird Collection.


Scientific curator: Professor Jan. T. Lifjeld

Published Jan. 23, 2017 3:21 PM - Last modified Nov. 1, 2019 10:07 AM