Birds at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

The section cares for nearly 195,000 specimens of birds. The most important of these are the 555 holotypes and syntypes. We also care for approximately 180 specimens of extinct birds as well as specimens of many rare species collected decades—if not more than a century—ago. The collection as a whole is ranked roughly ninth in the United States. These collections are in demand by scientific researchers who visit the collection or borrow specimens on loan.