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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

Ornithology (EEB/NRE 433): A unique look at birds.

The ornithology course EEB/NRE 433 is featured in an SNRE article by Sara Cole. Collection Manager Janet Hinshaw assistant Aspen Ellis Ira Richardson of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design and Sara Cole of SNRE, led ornithology students through the process of preparing study skins.


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.

Visitors to our lab

Investigating intergrade flickers



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


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