SIA Acc. 12-314, National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Palearctic Migratory Bird Survey, Survey Records, 1966-1973

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This collection contains 24 field catalogs from the Palearctic Migratory Bird Survey (PMS), 1966-1971. This survey studied migratory birds, their ectoparasites and the viruses they carry. The primary PMS operation site was in northern Egypt, however, surveys were also conducted in Cyprus and Israel. The PMS involved scientists of the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Naval Medical Research Unit, and Yale University, and was funded by the Army Research Office. The catalogs record collections from 1966-1973. Each notebook contains hundreds of data sheets recording various types of information including age, sex, preparation, name, locality, date, collector, number, weight, fat, preparator, iris, bill, feet, skull, reproductive anatomy, breeding data, molt, measurements, ecological notes, stomach contents, parasites, blood, related specimens, and remarks.


  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Yale University
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Palearctic Migratory Bird Survey
  • United States Army Research Office
  • United States Navy Medical Research Unit


For a description of the record series of which these materials form a part, refer to the "Forms part of" above.



Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1966
  • 1966-1973


  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • Field notes
  • Collection descriptions

Local number

SIA Acc. 12-314

Physical description

2.59 cu. ft. (2.59 non-standard size boxes)

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