RBINS Bird collection

Latest version published by Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences on 21 May 2024 Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
The RBINS bird collection is made up of around 132,000 specimens. It includes a significant collection of skeletons and eggs as well as type material for 123 species. It is one of the institute's oldest collections and for much of the historical material, including the tropical birds, we owe our 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.
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21 May 2024
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Natural history collection; RBINS; DaRWIN; Aves; Occurrence; Specimen; Occurrence


Who created the resource:

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

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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
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1000 Brussels

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Thomas Vandenberghe
Data manager
Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussels
Stijn Cooleman
Biodiversity Data Officer
Belgian Biodiversity Platform
Franck Theeten

Who else was associated with the resource:

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Patrick Semal
Head of Scientific Heritage
Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussels
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Jean-Marc Herpers
Curator of digital data
Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences

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  Aves

Temporal Coverage

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

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 0c4bf92b-95c9-4a2a-9756-67d98195459f