This section houses over 55,000 registered and 6,000 unregistered specimens including skins, eggs, skeletons, nests and spirit collections. It has an excellent collection of South Australian species, both historical and recent, a large collection of stomach contents, which is used to determine diets, and an Australia-wide collection of eggs.
The collection incorporates a number of significant private collections donated to the Museum, including those of Capt. S.A. White, W.D.K. MacGillivray, F.E. Parsons, H.J. Morton & K.K. Oakley, and J. Eckert. There are approximately 340 type specimens in the main collection, including numerous holotypes. Many of these type specimens are in the S.A.White Collection.
All registered specimens are on a main database, with most of the unregistered specimens on separate databases. To find out more about our collections the data can now be accessed via the Online Zoological Collections in Australian Museums (OZCAM). OZCAM is the key data repository for fauna collections from Australian collections institutions. The same data can also be found at the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) site, where a wide range of biological data from museums, herbaria and even microbiology collections are available online.