Find out about the Museum's collections of Natural History Birds

These collections include approximately 20,000 specimens. Most of our birds are preserved as study skins. A full catalogue has been completed, with all specimens of skins, mounted skins and skeletons in a spreadsheet.

Online Resources


  • The Complete Guide to Ireland’s Birds, Eric Dempsey and Michael Gill, 2002, Gill and Macmillan, London
  • The Life of Birds, David Attenborough, 1998, BBC Books, London
  • Ireland’s Lost Birds, Gordon D’Arcy, 1999, Four Courts Press, Dublin
  • A List of the Birds of Ireland, Robert Ruttledge, 1980, National Museum of Ireland, Dublin