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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...

BIRD; Marsh Harrier

BIRD; Marsh Harrier

form : mount...

BIRD; Stock Dove

BIRD; Stock Dove

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Spotted Nutcracker

BIRD; Spotted Nutcracker

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Kittiwake

BIRD; Kittiwake

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Treecreeper

BIRD; Treecreeper

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Little Owl

BIRD; Little Owl

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Grey Junglefowl

BIRD; Grey Junglefowl

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Jackdaw

BIRD; Jackdaw

form : mount, age : adult...

BIRD; Hobby

BIRD; Hobby

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Arctic Skua

BIRD; Arctic Skua

form : mount, sex : female (juvenile)...

BIRD; Shoveler

BIRD; Shoveler

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Eastern Paradise-Whydah

BIRD; Eastern Paradise-Whydah

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Jack Snipe

BIRD; Jack Snipe

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Kingfisher

BIRD; Kingfisher

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Scaly breasted Lorikeet

BIRD; Scaly breasted Lorikeet

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Brent Goose (pale-breasted)

BIRD; Brent Goose (pale-breasted)

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Turnstone

BIRD; Turnstone

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Oystercatcher

BIRD; Oystercatcher

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Little Bittern

BIRD; Little Bittern

form : mount, age : immature...

BIRD; House Sparrow

BIRD; House Sparrow

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Red-crested Cardinal

BIRD; Red-crested Cardinal

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise

BIRD; Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise

form : mount, sex : male...

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