Bird Collection

With emphasis on the birds of northwesternmost North America, including taxa endemic to Beringia and the circumpolar North, the Bird Collection is the best in existence of avian material from Alaska. Almost all bird species and subspecies known in Alaska are represented and are preserved primarily as skins, skeletons, and tissues. The collection consists of over 30,000 birds. Most recent preparations include skin, partial skeleton, tissue, and stomach samples for each individual. Tissues are part of the Genomic Resources Collection. Specimens are regularly loaned for scientific research. Specimen loan policies and a summary database are available for interested researchers.

Checklist of Alaska Birds (pdf file)

Kevin Winker, Curator of Birds

Jack Withrow, Collections Manager

Friends of Ornithology


(We’ll be continuing these items from our old site on the main page as blog entries henceforth.)

North American Uniques — taxa documented by voucher specimens from North America only in the University of Alaska Museum Bird Collection.

Recent publications and theses based in whole or in part on specimens in the collection.


The University of Alaska Museum at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska.