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KUBI Ornithology Collection

The Ornithology group in the Biodiversity Institute at the University of Kansas conducts research and provides undergraduate and graduate education on the birds of the world. Research topics include the species limits and species diversity, evolution, geography, genetics and genomics, morphology, conservation, ecology, and behavior. This work is greatly enhanced by extensive research collections of world birds, numbering more than 107,000 specimens, many of which are recently collected as part of the group's global bird sampling program.<br /> <br /> Ornithology's study skin collections total about 60,000 specimens. The historical collections are strongest for the Great Plains of the United States and for Mexico, with additional holdings from Central and South America, Borneo, and Kenya. Recent large-scale collections have built significant recent holdings from Mexico, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Panama, Guyana, Peru, Paraguay, Argentina, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mongolia, China, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Palau, and others. Collections of special importance include series of more than 14,000 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), which formed the basis for landmark scientific research by Richard Johnston and his students; extensive series of several North American species (Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus, meadowlarks Sturnella spp., Horned LarkEremophila alpestris); series documenting many of the Great Plains hybrid zones; and the feathers of an extinct moa (Dinornithidae). Recent additions include extensive series from Guyana, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Paraguay, including many species otherwise poorly represented in scientific collections.<br /> <br /> The avian osteological collections are extensive, totaling over 32,500 specimens, and ranked third largest in the world (Wood and Schnell 1986). This component of the collection has important strengths from the Great Plains of the United States, Mexico, and northern South America. Important holdings include critical and unique Ecuadorian series, extensive recent Australian material, and a large series of steamer-ducks (Tachyeres sp.). Recent collecting activities have built South American skeletal holdings into an important collection, with material from poorly represented sectors such as the Atlantic Forest, the Yucatan Peninsula, Guyana, and montane Central America.<br /> <br />   Although fluid-preserved specimens were not an early focus of Ornithology activities, the collections at KU were ranked seventh in North America at the time of the last summary of anatomical holdings (Wood et al. 1982). More recently, as part of Prum's research program, these collections have grown significantly, with important holdings of suboscine passeriform birds, among other groups. Now housed with ample space and ideal storage conditions in an NSF- and State of Kansas-funded addition, this collection is seeing increased research applications.

Summary
Date Published Sep 14, 2016
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GBIF Registration e635240a-3cb1-4d26-ab87-57d8c7afdfdb
Organisation University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute
Endorsing Node U.S. Geological Survey
Keywords
Occurrence; Specimen
Language
Metadata Language English
Resource Language English
External Links
Resource Contact
NameMark Robbins
PositionCollection Manager
OrganisationKU Biodiversity Institute
Address Dyche Hall, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS, UNITED STATES, Postal Code: 66045
Contactmrobbins@ku.edu Telephone: +01 785 864 3657
Home Pagehttp://ornithology.biodiversity.ku.edu/
Resource Creator
NameMark Robbins
PositionCollection Manager
OrganisationKU Biodiversity Institute
Address Dyche Hall, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS, UNITED STATES, Postal Code: 66045
Contactmrobbins@ku.edu Telephone: +01 785 864 3657
Home Pagehttp://ornithology.biodiversity.ku.edu/
Metadata Provider
NameMark Robbins
PositionCollection Manager
OrganisationKU Biodiversity Institute
Address Dyche Hall, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS, UNITED STATES, Postal Code: 66045
Contactmrobbins@ku.edu Telephone: +01 785 864 3657
Home Pagehttp://ornithology.biodiversity.ku.edu/
Associated Party 1
NameA. Townsend Peterson
PositionCurator
OrganisationKU Biodiversity Institute
Contacttown@ku.edu Telephone: +01 785 864 3926
Home Pagehttp://ornithology.biodiversity.ku.edu
Role Principal Investigator
Associated Party 2
NameRobert Moyle
PositionCurator in Charge
OrganisationKU Biodiversity Institute
Contactmoyle@ku.edu Telephone: +01 785 864 1870
Home Pagehttp://ornithology.biodiversity.ku.edu/
Role Principal Investigator
Associated Party 3
NameLaura Russell
PositionVertNet Programmer
OrganisationKU Biodiversity Institute
Contactlarussell@ku.edu Telephone: +01 785 864 4681
Role Programmer
Geographic Coverage
DescriptionThe Division has an active, global collections program, which has created recent collections resources from all continents except Antarctica.
Bounding Coordinates-90, 90 / -180, 180 (min, max Latitude / min, max Longitude)
Taxonomic Coverage
Description All birds.
Class Aves (Birds)
Temporal Coverage
Start Date1841-01-01
Citations
Resource Citation University of Kansas Bird Collection
Alternative Identifiers
e635240a-3cb1-4d26-ab87-57d8c7afdfdb
http://ipt.nhm.ku.edu/ipt/resource.do?r=kubi_ornithology