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Birds

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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; Grey Heron

BIRD; Grey Heron

form : mount, age : nestling...

BIRD; Hen Harrier

BIRD; Hen Harrier

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Lapwing

BIRD; Lapwing

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Great Crested Grebe

BIRD; Great Crested Grebe

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Robin

BIRD; Robin

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Little Grebe

BIRD; Little Grebe

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Grey Heron

BIRD; Grey Heron

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Surf Scoter

BIRD; Surf Scoter

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Yellowhammer

BIRD; Yellowhammer

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Wigeon

BIRD; Wigeon

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Black-headed Gull

BIRD; Black-headed Gull

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Gannet

BIRD; Gannet

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Dunnock

BIRD; Dunnock

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Black-winged Bishop

BIRD; Black-winged Bishop

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Pochard

BIRD; Pochard

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Osprey

BIRD; Osprey

form : mount...

BIRD; Tufted Duck

BIRD; Tufted Duck

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Herring Gull

BIRD; Herring Gull

form : mount, age : nestling...

BIRD; Swallow

BIRD; Swallow

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Reed Bunting

BIRD; Reed Bunting

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Dunlin

BIRD; Dunlin

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Bonaparte's Gull

BIRD; Bonaparte's Gull

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Coot

BIRD; Coot

form : mount. sex : nestling....

BIRD; Lady Amherst Pheasant

BIRD; Lady Amherst Pheasant

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Blue Tit

BIRD; Blue Tit

form : mount, sex : male...

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