Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences Bird collection

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The bird collection of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences is made up of around 82.000 specimens. It includes a significant collection of skeletons and eggs as well as type material for 92 species. It is one of the Institute's oldest collections and for much of the historical material, including the tropical birds, the Institute owes thanks to ornithologist Bernard du Bus de Gisignies, the first director of the Museum of Natural Sciences in 1848. Alphonse Dubois, who was appointed curator of the vertebrate collections in 1869, was the first to describe many of De Gisignies’ specimens. In the 1930s Zoologist René Verheyen added a great deal of material to the ornithological collections and in particular, an exceptionally large collection of Belgian and Central African fauna. The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences Bird Collection contains 100061 digitised specimens of 10477 taxa. The following classes are included: Actinopterygii, Amphibia Linnaeus, 1758, Aves, Mammalia Linnaeus, 1758, Reptilia Laurenti, 1768

Data Records

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  • Occurrence (core)
    101092
  • ExtendedMeasurementOrFact 
    313379

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Keywords

natural history collection; RBINS; DaRWIN; Aves; Occurrence; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Olivier Pauwels
curator
Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences - Department of Scientific Heritage Service Vautierstraat 29 1000 Brussels BE

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Biodiversity and Ecological Data and Information Centre - Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences
Biodiversity and Ecological Data and Information Centre - Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences Vautierstraat 29 1000 Brussels BE

Who filled in the metadata:

Thomas Vandenberghe
Data manager
Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences Vautierstraat 29 1000 Brussels BE

Who else was associated with the resource:

Content Provider
Patrick Semal
Head of Section Scientific Heritage
Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences Vautierstraat 29 1000 Brussels BE

Geographic Coverage

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, DR Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Mexico, Micronesia, Micronesia, Federated States of, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Réunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Scandinavia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, St Vincent and Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Bounding Coordinates South West [-78.159, -179.967], North East [85, 178.24]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Class  Actinopterygii, Amphibia Linnaeus, 1758, Aves, Mammalia Linnaeus, 1758, Reptilia Laurenti, 1768

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1814-09-01 / 2019-01-09