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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; Oystercatcher

BIRD; Oystercatcher

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Arctic Skua

BIRD; Arctic Skua

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

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; Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise

BIRD; Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; House Sparrow

BIRD; House Sparrow

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Eastern Paradise-Whydah

BIRD; Eastern Paradise-Whydah

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Grey Heron

BIRD; Grey Heron

form : mount, age : nestling...

BIRD; Kingfisher

BIRD; Kingfisher

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Hobby

BIRD; Hobby

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Red-crested Cardinal

BIRD; Red-crested Cardinal

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Grey Parrot

BIRD; Grey Parrot

form : mount...

BIRD; Little Bittern

BIRD; Little Bittern

form : mount, age : immature...

BIRD; Black-winged Bishop

BIRD; Black-winged Bishop

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Black-headed Gull

BIRD; Black-headed Gull

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Lady Amherst Pheasant

BIRD; Lady Amherst Pheasant

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Tufted Duck

BIRD; Tufted Duck

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Marsh Harrier

BIRD; Marsh Harrier

form : mount...

BIRD; Blue Tit

BIRD; Blue Tit

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Stock Dove

BIRD; Stock Dove

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Grey Junglefowl

BIRD; Grey Junglefowl

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Osprey

BIRD; Osprey

form : mount...

BIRD; Herring Gull

BIRD; Herring Gull

form : mount, age : nestling...

BIRD; Gannet

BIRD; Gannet

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Swallow

BIRD; Swallow

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Dunnock

BIRD; Dunnock

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Great Crested Grebe

BIRD; Great Crested Grebe

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Lapwing

BIRD; Lapwing

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Little Owl

BIRD; Little Owl

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Shoveler

BIRD; Shoveler

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Spotted Nutcracker

BIRD; Spotted Nutcracker

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Pochard

BIRD; Pochard

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Reed Bunting

BIRD; Reed Bunting

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Hen Harrier

BIRD; Hen Harrier

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Kittiwake

BIRD; Kittiwake

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Bonaparte's Gull

BIRD; Bonaparte's Gull

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Treecreeper

BIRD; Treecreeper

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Dunlin

BIRD; Dunlin

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Jack Snipe

BIRD; Jack Snipe

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Jackdaw

BIRD; Jackdaw

form : mount, age : adult...

BIRD; Pintail

BIRD; Pintail

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Little Grebe

BIRD; Little Grebe

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Corncrake

BIRD; Corncrake

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Red-headed Lovebird

BIRD; Red-headed Lovebird

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Buzzard

BIRD; Buzzard

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Shelduck

BIRD; Shelduck

form : mount, sex : male...

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