Bird preparation videos

I’ve been meaning to post a step by step guide on how to skin birds with photos, but the truth is it’s extremely difficult to plan this, especially when I’m working on a bird and have to stop every few minutes to take photos and notes. So, I was happy to see The Smithsonian have a series of videos up on youtube on how to prepare a bird skin (in this case, a roadrunner.) Also contains information on moulting.

The difference is I leave the skull intact and don’t cut the beak away from the head.

Once again, best not to click if you are squeamish.


About Gina Allnatt

I have just finished a year long traineeship as a Biology Curator at Manchester Museum. I am currently a research and curation volunteer in the Entomology and Botany departments. -Gina Allnatt
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2 Responses to Bird preparation videos

  1. Robert says:

    I made a skin out of a Pacific-golden Plover when I was an intern for the Fish and Wildlife Service once! It was an awesome, albeit pretty nasty, experience (especially since the bird had been sitting in the freezer for a year).

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