Smithsonian NMNH bird collection, photo by Chip Clark

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    Feather identification expert Roxie Laybourne, amidst a portion of NMNH's bird collection. Photo by Chip Clark.

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    1. Blorian 48 months ago | reply

      Is these for the museum? Why collect so many samples in here?

    2. jyri 47 months ago | reply

      Like looking inside Noah's Ark.

    3. paulchinetti 47 months ago | reply

      Why? How? Do they not decompose?

    4. mare 47 months ago | reply

      It's not dead, it's sleeping.

    5. laurajane_photography 47 months ago | reply

      this is probably one of the weirdest things i've ever seen. how on earth does one acquire that many dead birds, and why would one want to?

    6. DickStock 47 months ago | reply

      Well, first you have to kill 'em all....;-)

    7. dvdsweeney [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

      Beautiful Plumage.

    8. Lynt 47 months ago | reply

      If you hadn't nailed him to the perch, he'd be pushing up the daisies!

    9. dshapdesign 47 months ago | reply

      Thanks @Lynt. I was waiting for a Monty Python reference. :)

    10. onomatoh 47 months ago | reply


    11. camera_obscura [busy] 47 months ago | reply

      Some weird blend of Monty Python, Indiana Jones and Foucault ...

    12. sherrikeller 47 months ago | reply

      Oh no. That's horrifying. I thought it was all corn on the cob at first. Brrr...

    13. crummett 47 months ago | reply

      Speaking as a hoarder, this makes me hyperventilate with envy.

    14. peregrine2000 47 months ago | reply

      The reason that there are so many specimens is because they are used in research. Most natural history museums and institutions have extensive collections that provide insight into things as diverse as evolution, human impact on environments and diseases. In many cases new species of mites and other parasites have been found on museum skins such as those pictured here. Collections such as those pictured here are invaluable and are used by scientists all around the world. Many were also collected over hundreds of years, these are most likely from the mid to late 1800's.

    15. kayteefay 47 months ago | reply

      This is actually at the Smithsonian, not AMNH:

    16. humbleshots 47 months ago | reply

      this is soo spooky.

    17. helenabrandao 9 months ago | reply

      Some of them are likely to be there taxidermized for ages. Most die form natural causes and are brought to the labs by owners or finders. Some were killed, i dont doubt. But majorly, thats not how it happens. The ones are killed were probably being studied, and some good might have come out of that to help many others of the species. know, it sounds brute. But this is how medicine and vet medicine ever got to the point of cure we dispose fo nowadays.

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