The Department of Ornithology at the American Museum of Natural History is currently in the process of databasing our collections. Our online database currently includes records for our entire tissue collection, approximately one-third of our skin collection and subsets of our skeleton and fluid collections.
The records in this database were transcribed verbatim from our handwritten catalogs and have not yet been proofed for errors or verified against the collection. Many of the scientific names currently recorded in the database are outdated. We intend to standardize scientific names in accordance with the Howard and Moore Checklist Third Edition. This standardization is a work in progress, and for the time being many specimens are listed under synonyms of their current names. Also, many outdated names have not yet been assigned to higher taxonomic ranks in this database. Similarly, locality data have not yet been standardized, and many records currently have outdated geographic names or partial information.
Search results obtained herein are intended to provide individual researchers with information about our available holdings in the areas of their interest. Such information should not be used as a primary data source and should not be incorporated into institutional databases. It is incumbent upon the researcher to verify the data and identifications associated with specimens.