Collections of skins, skeletons, eggs, nests, stuffed birds and anatomical parts of birds.
The ornithological collections of the zoological department of the National Museum in Prague were founded in 1818, at the time of the museum’s foundation. Currently, they contain approximately:
Among the unique pieces are the young specimen of the Great Auk (Alca impennis) and males of the extinct Labrador Duck (Camptolaemus labradorius). A historically interesting item is the beak of a Dodo bird (Raphus cucullatus), which most likely comes from the bird that the Emperor Rudolf II kept in his court in the early 17th century.
At present, the ornithology collections of the National Museum in Prague are being expanded primarily thanks to donations of dead birds, which come both from zoological gardens and from private breeders.