Bird egg and nest specimens in the collection of the Instituto de Ecología y Sistemática, La Habana, Cuba

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Rafaela Aguilera Román
James W. Wiley

Abstract: The collection of Cuban bird eggs and nests in the Instituto de Ecología y Sistemática (IES) is the most important in Cuba and, probably, worldwide. The egg specimens include the collections of José Hernández Bauzá and Juan Gundlach (94.0% of all of the specimens), as well as the Institute’s own collection. The collection is composed of a total of 695 clutches, 1929 eggs, and 29 nests, representing 19 orders, 42 families, and 104 species. Here we present summary data on the egg and nest collection. The complete catalogue is available in English or Spanish on request.

Keywords: collection, Cuba, curation, egg, inventory, nest, specimens

Resumen: Huevos y nidos de aves en la colección del Instituto de Ecología y Sistemática, La Habana, Cuba—En la colección de huevos y nidos de aves cubanas del Instituto de Ecología y Sistemática, están depositadas las colecciones José Hernández Bauzá y Juan Cristóbal Gundlach (94,0% de todos de los ejemplares), además de la colección Básica del propio Instituto. Esta consta de 695 nidadas, 1929 huevos y 29 nidos pertenecientes a 19 órdenes, 42 familias y 104 especies. Presentamos datos sumarios sobre la colección de huevos y nidos. El catálogo completo en inglés o español esta disponible por demanda. 

Palabras clave: colección, Cuba, ejemplares, huevos, manejo, nidos 

Résumé: Oeufs et nids d’oiseaux de la collection de l’Instituto de Ecología y Sistemática, La Havane, Cuba. La collection d’œufs et de nids d’oiseaux de Cuba de l’Instituto de Ecología y Sistemática est la plus importante à Cuba et probablement dans le monde. Elle comprend les collections d’œufs de José Hernández et Juan Gundlach Bauzá (94% de l’ensemble des spécimens), ainsi que la propre collection de l’institut. Elle est composée d’un total de 695 pontes, 1 929 œufs et 29 nids, représentant 19 ordres, 42 familles et 104 espèces. Nous présentons ici des données synthétiques sur cette collection. Le catalogue complet est disponible en anglais ou en espagnol sur demande. 

Mots clés: collection, conservation, Cuba, inventaire, nid, œuf, spécimens

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