Collection of birds

Curator: Andrej VIZI

Collection of birds comprises around 250 taxidermic specimens from Montenegro, mostly from Skadar Lake. The collection emerged on the basis of old natural collection of the Biological Institute and later Institute for Protection of Nature of Montenegro, and it is one of the initial museum's collections. Average age of the collection's items is around 20 years, with predominant raptors and water birds. Prominent items are 4 specimens o Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus, Bruch), crane (Grus grus), Great bustard (Otis tarda), Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) and Greater Spotted eagle (A. clanga), etc. Initial specimens of future exotic birds collection comprise two ostriches (Struthio camelus). Main source of specimens is from private donations, purchase and occasional field recoveries. From the very beginning, the bird collection was exposed to deterioration: the primary collection was greatly destroyed during the earthquake in 1979, and the remaining specimens were not adequately stored. From 1970 to 2006, the collection was curated by Ondrej Vizi, the founder and first director of the Natural History Museum, who conducted its scientific classification and documentation, and also greatly contributed to the collection's size.

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