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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

EEB 433 students learn bird biology inside and out

Students taking Ornithology (EEB 433) learn their birds inside and out. Literally. Throughout the course, the students identify birds in the field by sight and by sound. But they also examine birds up close. Way up close.


Jean Wright Cohn Endowment Fund

The Jean Wright Cohn Endowment Fund in the Museum of Zoology has been established through a very generous donation from the Jean W. Cohn Living Trust to support the activities of the Museum’s Bird Division.



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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