The Ornithology Collections at the Burke Museum maintains a comprehensive collection of approximately 157,250 specimens from around the world. Specimen types include study skins, spread wings, bird skeletons, egg sets, nests and frozen tissue samples.
The collection is relatively modern, with more than 90% of the approximately 157,250 total specimens added in the past 30 years, and is used for a variety of purposes, including research, education and art.
Approximately 99,550 individual records from the collections are accessible through the collections database. Note that most records refer to multiple specimen types from the same individual.