The Bird Collection at the Natural History Museum Vienna dates back to the Imperial Collection of Franz I. of Austria (1793) and represents the only scientific institution in Austria devoted exclusively to systematic, taxonomic and biogeographic research in birds. The scientific bird collection holds >130.000 objects: skins, skeletons, eggs, and tissues. More than 10.000 mounted birds form part of the systematic collection. About 25% are permanently on display in the public galleries.
10.000 silenced birds, no sounds of nature: death by taxonomy. Beauty by death.
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