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Transparent utfyllnad Rare Azorean birds at Museu Carlos Machado, Ponta Delgada

A couple of birds in the Museu Carlos Machado collection.
Left Allen´s Gallinule Phorphyrio alleni and right Purple Gallinule Phorphyrio martinicus. Photo: © Museu Carlos Machado/Staffan Rodebrand.

The Carlos Machado Museum can be found in central Ponta Delgada, São Miguel. The museum has a Natural History part containing a number of birds, both foreign as well as birds collected in the Azores. Rare birds (listed with full data in the Birding Azores database) collected in the Azores have been photographed and are presented in this list. Many birds are very old and in a rather poor condition. They are presented here as they are listed even if, in a few cases, the identification can be discussed. Only a wrongly identified Charadrius alexandrinus (listed as Ch. dubius) has been excluded.
   For the same list but complete with information about all observations, references, documentation status, and more details - please go to the Rare bird reference database.

For more information about the museum we recommend the following links:
Museu Carlos Machado - Azores gov
Museumac network
For any ornithological matter concerning the museum, please contact Conservador João Paulo A. S. Medeiros Constância

There are two lists at the museum describing the collection of birds collected on the Azores:

Lista de Aves do Museu Carlos Machado. Ponta Delgada, 2009.

Contains 1714 listed birds of which 244 concerns rare species collected on the Azores. These are all listed with full data in Birding Azores bird database. Birds in the museum list are numbered; here LAMCM2009-1 to LAMCM2009-1714.
Lista das Aves do ”Museu Carlos Machado” . Capturadas nos AÇORES, mas que neles não nidificam.
Old typewritten list of birds collected on the Azores covering bird collected up to late 1964. Includes 212 birds where 209 can be found in the list from 2009, plus 3 birds which now are missing in the museum. Furthermore there are a number of older specimens mentioned by Bannerman and earlier visitors to the museum which now seem to be missing and not counted for in the existing museum lists. This is probably due to specimen lost in the traffic of loans to institutes, schools etc. outside the museum. Birds in this list are numbered; here OldAMCM1- to OldAMCM1628. A few are unnumbered; here OldAMCMx.

List of photographed birds:


  São Miguel

 © Museu Carlos Machado/Staffan Rodebrand,

 Year unknown. Museu Carlos Machado. Ponta Delgada. LAMCM2009-480, OldAMCM290. This is a resident species throughout its breeding range, and since the date and all the detailed circumstances around the finding is lost, the existing proofs of it being a genuine vagrant seems to low to secure it as a first for the Azores. See previous texts about this bird at: Bannerman/LeGrand

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