MVZ Egg and Nest Collection
Egg and nest specimens are catalogued separately
from specimens in the MVZ bird collection. The egg and nest collection contains
approximately 14,000 items, including over 12,800 egg sets, 220 nests, and
900 egg-nest combinations. The size of this collection ranks it as one of
the largest such collections in North America. Eggs of nest parasites (e.g.,
cowbirds) are present in 120 sets, and 150 egg sets or nests are associated
with catalogued bird specimens.
The collection contains representatives of
all major orders of birds. Geographic representation is greatest for western
North America, but there also are significant holdings from Europe, Asia,
Africa, and most other continents.
Over 80% of the specimens are accompanied
by data slips from the original collector. In addition to information on
collecting locality, date, clutch size, incubation, and identification, these
slips contain data on nest composition and nest placement. The MVZ is in the
process of capturing these data for addition to the database.
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