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Diversity and richness of the Ornithological collection of the wider Dubrovnik area (Croatia)

G. Lukač
M. Baltić

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During the period of 1992–1993 and autumn of 1995 the bird collection from Dubrovnik’s Museum was revised. A total of 946 prepared specimens (322 skins, 348 mounts, 275 mounts in dioramas and 1 stomach) was revised; the oldest were 3 preparations from 1867. The collection was formed by 69 collectors and contains 238 bird species from 18 orders and 57 families, 60% of all recorded birds species in Croatia. Nonpasseriformes are represented by 139 species, 36 families and 17 orders. The Order Passeriformes is represented by 99 species from 21 families. The oldest preparations of Anas querquedula, Vanellus vanellus and Coccothraustes coccothraustes date from 1867. For 335 preparations the locality data are missing and 470 preparations are without collector’s name. The species Ficedula semitorquata is the first finding for Croatia and Gavia immer is the fourth finding for Croatia. The collection contains rare and interesting species, such as Pelecanus onocrotalus, Plegadis falcinellus, Neophron percnopterus, Gyps fulvus, Accipiter brevipes, Crex crex, Tetrax tetrax, Prunella collaris and Hippolais olivetorum. The species Larus genei is without data, so it is not acceptable as a first record for Croatia. There are also interesting winter records of Alca torda and Fratercula arctica. In the collection 71 species are from spring migration, 83 from autumn migration, and there are 51 nesting species out of 54 over-wintering birds species in the Dubrovnik area.


ornithology, collection, diversity, skins, Dubrovnik, Croatia

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