The Avian Specimens collection provides online access to photographs of 52 unique, diverse bird specimens, representing species found in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Specimens from the collection have been photographed from a variety of angles in order to provide thorough visual documentation of the individual characteristics of each species.
This digital collection was derived from a physical collection of avian museum specimens that is housed in the Department of Biology in the Cooper Life Sciences building on the campus of Ball State University. The museum specimens are used primarily for teaching ornithology and other courses in the biological sciences to Ball State University students.
Included in the collection is the Passenger Pigeon, which represents an extinct species. Additionally, bird specimens from East Africa collected by Edmund and Virginia Ball and donated to the Ball State University avian museum collection make up a significant portion of this digital collection.
Department of Biology