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Natural History

Stuffed bird specimens from the Survey of Western Palestine, 1870sThe PEF’s Natural History Collection comprises of material collected during surveys and by individuals donating specimens acquired independently. The collection includes a case of 43 stuffed bird specimens shot by Sergeant Armstrong of the Royal Engineers during the Survey of Western Palestine for study and display. One of the birds was a new species discovered during the Survey, named ‘Tristram’s Grackle’ after the naturalist Canon Henry Tristram of Durham, who first discovered it and authored the Flora and Fauna volume of the Survey of Western Palestine, The collection also includes geological samples from the Sinai, and a Herbarium compiled in the 1980s by Nigel Hepper of Kew Gardens.

Above right: Stuffed bird specimens from the Survey of Western Palestine, 1870s. Click on the image for a closer look.

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