Boasting over 10,000 species, birds are the most diverse land vertebrates on the planet, surpassing the biological diversity of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Thriving in every corner of the globe, from tropical forests to polar ice caps, these beaked and feathered marvels vary tremendously in habit and size, from diminutive bee hummingbirds to towering ten-foot-high elephant birds.
Situated on the balcony encircling the museum’s Great Mammal Hall, this expansive gallery captures the surprising diversity of birds with many hundreds of stunning specimens and represents over 200 different bird families. It also reflects the latest scientific discoveries about the evolution of these modern dinosaurs.
This exhibition is made possible by a generous gift in memory of Melvin R. Seiden, Harvard AB '52, LLB '55.
Images courtesy of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University