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Display case with 36 birds, created by John Bell

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This display case was created before 1850 by John G. Bell, taxidermist and expeditionary companion of the famous naturalist John J. Audubon. During a trip to California in 1849, Bell discovered four new bird species, one of which is named for him, Bell's (Sage) Sparrow (Amphispiza belli).

This display case was developed for one of the first natural history museums in the United States, Peal's Museum, in Philadelphia. This magnificent grouping of birds, so well preserved, shows an important part of the history of the natural sciences in America.

A display case that contains 35 birds.

Credits : Musée de la nature et des sciences, Sherbrooke

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