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Birds Division

The Bird Division is a collection of resources for people who conduct research on or need information about birds. The faculty staff and various graduate students conduct research on the phylogenetic relationships, evolution and behavior of a wide variety of birds using museum collections, molecular techniques, and captive and field studies.

Division News

Global Michigan article about a Himalayan bird mystery features Janet Hinshaw

Researchers on a trip to the Himilayas noticed distinct differences in the songs of a local thrush. They wondered if these differences meant the thrush was actually two species. Unable to collect birds locally, they contacted the University of Michigan's Museum of Zoology and Janet Hinshaw to provide DNA samples from the museum's extensive bird collection.


Hinshaw honored by Wilson Ornithological Society

Janet Hinshaw, collection manager of the Bird Division at the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, was honored by the Wilson Ornithological Society with the William and Nancy Klamm Service Award for 2015.



the Cuckoos, Bob PayneThe bird division has an extensive library of publications. In house publications include Miscellaneous pubs and Occasional papers. There is also an extensive listing of papers based on specimens in our collection.



We have been monitoring a nesting pair at the University of Michigan Carillon tower. (more)


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