200 Years. 200 Stories. Story 148: “On the Wing ”

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wing specimen of the orange-winged parrot

On the Wing

Today’s Three Weeks Behind the Scenes photograph features a beautiful specimen from the Ornithology Collection. The Academy maintains an ornithological collection of nearly 200,000 study skins and 15,000 tissue samples. Specimens in the collection predate the 1812 founding of the Academy and include important early bird collections from Alexander Wilson, John James Audubon, and John Gould. The Academy’s Ornithology Department is actively adding specimens at a rate of 1,000 specimens per year. This wing from an orange-winged parrot (Amazona amazonica) was collected by Tracy Pederson in Guyana in 1997.

Come learn more about birds in the Academy’s Ornithology Collection during the month of June at the Academy, and take home a feather to add to your very own collection box!

Photography: Cora Rivera.

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