Exploring Mexico’s vast bird diversity in the heart of Los Angeles.
In 1951, Moore decided to give his collection to Occidental College in Los Angeles. He constructed the building it was to be housed in, now known as the Moore Lab of Zoology, and gave an endowment ensuring the maintenance, upkeep, and further studying of his massive collection.
All specimens were originally housed in Moore’s private home in Pasadena before being moved to the well known Liberal Arts College. Today the collection contains 62,382 bird and 2,158 mammal specimens, placing it among the world’s largest research natural history collections.
A very sad flamingo.
Of the 62,382 bird specimens, the vast majority are whole study skins (61,156), with small collections of skeletons (1,246), liquid preserved specimens (285), and nests and eggs (582 sets).
That’s so Raven.
Most of the collection came from here (the map).
One out of the 582 sets of nests and eggs in the collection.
Dead bird line-up.
If the specimen has more than one tag on it, it means it didn’t originate from the Moore Lab.
Moore in action.
Pick a bird, any bird.
Most of these birds were shot with a shotgun that uses modified shelling that doesn’t destroy the specimen.
Chester C. Lamb worked for Moore from July 1933 through June 1955, a period of 22 years, and during that time Lamb collected 40,000 bird specimens, all from Mexico. Lamb’s contribution to our knowledge of Mexican bird diversity is unparalleled.
Large enough to grab small [like deer size] mammals with.
I wonder what kind of TSA treatment this package gets when traveling?
I didn’t realize one of my favorite birds, the pelican, is a major host to parasites. Pouch louse which occur in the pouch and therefore cannot be removed by preening, is usually not a serious problem, even when present in such numbers that it covers the whole interior of the pouch, but sometimes inflammation and bleeding may harm the host. These are not normal size lice but can get up to 1 inch in size. I still love them.
Unicorn Bird? The size of a turkey, the Horned Screamer has an extraordinary horn, long and curved, that grows out of its skull between its eyes. Present in both sexes, composed of cartilage (gristle), and originating as an unbranched feather shaft, it can measure up to 15 cm long, but is so thin, curved, and delicate that the screamer certainly couldn’t use it as a weapon, for defending itself or for attacking other creatures.