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The bird catalog documents C. O. Handley's field work, 1953 - 1991. They list specimen number (1089 - 1345), sex, type (scientific name), locality (date, county, town, distance from, sometimes elevation), date, and notes. Notes cover a combination of information: specimen preparation, collector, collecting method, anatomy measurements, recipients of specimens, appearance including colors, and weight. Locations include Virginia as well as Panama (Bocas del Toro and Darién). There is a page of journal entry (June 4, 1953) describing collecting at Lake Drummond, Virginia. It discusses observed heron behavior (killing fish by dropping and striking it).

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • Drummond, Lake
  • United States
  • Panama
  • Darién
  • Bocas del Toro, Archipiélago de
  • Virginia


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-448

Collection name

Division of Mammals, C. O. Handley field notes, 1942-1993

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Division of Mammals