The Dresden collection of birds houses approximately 91.000 objects including whole skins, mounted specimens, skeletons, eggs, nests and feather mounts.
The research focus of the ornithology division is linked to Senckenberg Research Field Biodiversity and Systematics. Cooperation projects exist with Research Field Biodiversity and Climate.
The collection of birds houses approximately 91.000 objects that include approximately 57.000 whole skins, 7.800 mounted specimens, 3.000 skeletons, 15.000 whole clutches of eggs, 950 nests, few specimens in alcohol (< 100) and 7.000 feather mounts.
The Museum of Zoology in Dresden, with more than 6 million specimens, is one of the approximately 10 large zoological collections of Germany. The Dresden collections originate from all over the globe, and their international significance is due not least to the abundance of name-bearing types represented (holotypes, lectotypes and syntypes of some 15,000 species and subspecies; if paratypes and paralectotypes are considered, about 53,000 type specimens).
Since January 1, 2009 the group formerly known as the State Natural History Collections of Dresden has been a member of the Senckenberg – Leibniz Institution for Biodiversity and Earth System Research, together with the Zoology Museum and the Museum for Mineralogy and Geology. The roots of the Dresden Natural History Collections extend back into the 16th century.