Birds and Mammals
Beginning with the collection of pioneer mammalogist Frank Stephens, acquired in 1910, the Birds & Mammals Department holdings have grown into a major resource on bird and mammal species of western North America, including Baja California. Its taxonomic coverage includes 90% of the world's bird families and 58% of its mammal families, a coverage extended by the museum's status as a repository for specimens from the San Diego Zoo.
The department produced the San Diego County Bird Atlas, published in 2004 and based on field work from March 1997 through February 2002.
The Department of Birds and Mammals is under the care of Curator Philip Unitt, a specialist in subspecies identification of California birds, author of The Birds of San Diego County, and editor of Western Birds, the regional journal of ornithology for western North America.
The department offers a unique combination of resources and experience and a wide variety of services available by contract. These include personnel qualified, by both experience and permit, to collect and preserve all California birds and mammals authorized by state and federal agencies. See our complete listing of services.
Selected SDNHM Publications
VIDAL, Omar, Lloyd T. FINDLEY & Stephen LEATHERWOOD. 1993.
UNITT, Philip, Karen MESSER, & Marc THERY. 1996.
UNITT, Philip. 2004.
About Birds and Mammals
New!—First Record of Newells Shearwater from the Mainland of North America, by Philip Unitt, Collection Manager, Birds and Mammals Department
New!—A Hybrid Brewers ? Black-chinned Sparrow, by Philip Unitt, Collection Manager, Birds and Mammals Department
If you want to learn more about the birds and mammals of our region, see our Reference Section for species checklists, essays, books recommended by our staff, and other resources on our own site.
Birds of San Diego County (125K)
Mammals of San Diego County (30K)
Mammals of Imperial County (18K)