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Since the 20th century, scientific ornithology has been closely linked to the conservation of birds. The study of feathers is a factor that is often overlooked. In museums, the majority of their bird skin collections are archived, stored away in drawers under lock and key and only ever seen by a very selective audience and not the general public.

You only love what you know, and you only protect what you love.
Konrad Lorenz

Being able to touch, feel and study a feather in the hand engages people, especially children, with nature; what child hasn’t stopped to pick up a feather in a park or their backyard and marvel at it, and wonder what bird it came from. From a long, slender Arctic Tern primary, which has undertaken an incredible migratory journey of around 37.000 miles / 60.000 kilometers from pole to pole, to the soft, downy feather of a Barn Owl, helping the bird to fly on silent wings as it hunts at night; every feather has a fascinating story to tell, each so unique in its makeup, shape, form, texture, color and function it serves to the bird. Feathers can teach us so much about birds and how they live. They bring people closer to the natural world – and therefore play an important role in its preservation.

Featherbase is a working group of German feather scientists and other collectors worldwide who came together with their personal collections and created the biggest and most comprehensive online feather library in the world. Using our website, it is possible to identify feathers from hundreds of different species, compare similarities between them, work out gender or age-specific characteristics and look at the statistics of countless feather measurements. In contrast to the conventional work of museums, Featherbase is much more oriented towards the general public, allowing not just enrolled scientists the opportunity to gain access to the collection, but anyone with an interest in studying birds and their feathers. Featherbase also frequently collaborates with scientific or educational organizations by offering images, data or teamwork in general.

Featherbase works completely independently, without administrative affiliation, and first and foremost without commercial interests. We are a non-profit making entity and funded entirely by our own contributors. The collecting of feathers and skins for our database is approved by the relevant authorities, and for any protected/CITES listed species held, we are fastidious about maintaining records of their origin.

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Dawid Fikus created the specimen 10529 in Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)

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Dawid Fikus created the specimen 10528 in Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)

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Dawid Fikus created the specimen 10527 in Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula)

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Dawid Fikus created the specimen 10526 in Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)

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Dawid Fikus created the specimen 10525 in Eurasian magpie (Pica pica)

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Dawid Fikus created the specimen 10524 in Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

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Dawid Fikus created the specimen 10523 in Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

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Dawid Fikus created the specimen 10522 in Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

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Dawid Fikus created the specimen 10521 in Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

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Dawid Fikus created the specimen 10520 in Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

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Dawid Fikus created the specimen 10519 in Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

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Dawid Fikus created the specimen 10518 in Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

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Ryota Shinya created the specimen 10517 in Malayan Night-Heron (Gorsachius melanolophus)

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10516 in Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10515 in Garden warbler (Sylvia borin) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10514 in Garden warbler (Sylvia borin) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10513 in Garden warbler (Sylvia borin) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10512 in Garden warbler (Sylvia borin) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10511 in Garden warbler (Sylvia borin) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10510 in Garden warbler (Sylvia borin) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10509 in Garden warbler (Sylvia borin) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10508 in Garden warbler (Sylvia borin) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10507 in Garden warbler (Sylvia borin) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10506 in Marmora's Warbler (Curruca sarda) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10505 in Sardinian Warbler (Curruca melanocephala) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10504 in Sardinian Warbler (Curruca melanocephala) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10503 in Sardinian Warbler (Curruca melanocephala) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10502 in Sardinian Warbler (Curruca melanocephala) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10501 in Sardinian Warbler (Curruca melanocephala) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10500 in Sardinian Warbler (Curruca melanocephala) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10499 in Spectacled Warbler (Curruca conspicillata) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 10498 in Spectacled Warbler (Curruca conspicillata) for Wolf-Dieter Busching

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Dawid Fikus created the specimen 10497 in Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor)

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Dawid Fikus created the specimen 10496 in Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus)

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Dawid Fikus created the specimen 10495 in Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

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Dawid Fikus created the specimen 10494 in Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

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Dawid Fikus created the specimen 10493 in Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

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