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Extinct or indistinct? The Canary Islands Oystercatcher

21 November 2019 by John Wilson

World Museum’s Canary Island Oystercatcher, specimen T16000

Among World Museum’s zoological treasures is our collection of extinct birds. Many of these extinct birds are island species such as the Dodo, the Green Spotted Pigeon, and the Lord Howe Island group of endemic birds, found only on small islands and nowhere else in the world. Read more…

My labour of love for John Gilbert, legendary bird expert

28 January 2015 by Lynn

Paradise parrot

Gilbert discovered the Paradise Parrot, sadly now extinct, on the Darling Downs of southern Queensland in 1844.

Clem Fisher, Senior Curator of Vertebrate Zoology talks about her obsession with and extensive research into the work of John Gilbert, ornithologist, curator and explorer.


I first became interested in the collections of John Gilbert when I started work as “Trainee, Natural History” in Liverpool Museum (now World Museum Liverpool) in 1975.

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