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Date published: 11 January 2019

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The avian collection of the former Saint Augustine College of the Regional Natural History Museum in Plovdiv


Boev, Zlatozar; Todorov, Ognyan

2019 — volume 35 — pp. 1—11 — [PDF]

Abstract: The paper presents a catalogue of bird specimens (dry mounted preserves) survived after the closing (1948) of the former Catholic College “Saint Augustine”. Currently, the studied specimens are kept at the Regional Natural History Museum in Plovdiv. The collection includes a total of 193 species of birds of 81 families and 28 orders, represented by 205 specimens (circa two percent of the recent World avifauna). Over 15 percent of the species have an IUCN conservation status (NT to CR). The most valuable are the following specimens: critically endangered grey-backed myna (Acridotheres tricolor) and two endangered species — echo parakeet (Psittacula eques) and sooty albatross (Phoebetria fusca). This is the 2nd largest collection of exotic birds in Bulgaria.

Keywords: avian collections, rare bird specimens, natural history museums, avian rarities