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Birds

The bird collection contains around 4,000 mounted birds, 2,000 cabinet skins and over 5,000 clutches of birds’ eggs. Most of the specimens are from Britain and Ireland.
More than 900 of the mounted birds were prepared by the Belfast taxidermy firm Sheals, established in 1856 by James Sheals who was later joined in the family business by his two sons, Alfred and Thomas. The Sheals family produced some of the finest mounted birds and mammals in the world at that time.

The collection includes a number of mounted birds collected in the early 1800s by the famous Irish naturalist, William Thompson. Many of the birds are first recorded Irish specimens of American vagrant species, that is, species found well outside their normal home environment.

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BIRD; Little Owl

BIRD; Little Owl

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Greenshank

BIRD; Greenshank

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; House Sparrow

BIRD; House Sparrow

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Little Bittern

BIRD; Little Bittern

form : mount, age : immature...

BIRD; Shelduck

BIRD; Shelduck

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Buzzard

BIRD; Buzzard

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Whimbrel

BIRD; Whimbrel

form : mount, age : adult...

BIRD; Bonaparte's Gull

BIRD; Bonaparte's Gull

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Pintail

BIRD; Pintail

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Common Pheasant

BIRD; Common Pheasant

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Tawny Owl

BIRD; Tawny Owl

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Lady Amherst Pheasant

BIRD; Lady Amherst Pheasant

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Gannet

BIRD; Gannet

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Turnstone

BIRD; Turnstone

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Roseate Tern

BIRD; Roseate Tern

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Treecreeper

BIRD; Treecreeper

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Budgerigar (Light Green/Yellow)

BIRD; Budgerigar (Light Green/Yellow)

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Common Myna

BIRD; Common Myna

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Golden Plover

BIRD; Golden Plover

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Stock Dove

BIRD; Stock Dove

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Hoatzin

BIRD; Hoatzin

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Kittiwake

BIRD; Kittiwake

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Blue Tit

BIRD; Blue Tit

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Little Grebe

BIRD; Little Grebe

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Grey Heron

BIRD; Grey Heron

form : mount, age : nestling...

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