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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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Ryota Shinya created the specimen 9857 in Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica)

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Mizue Erika Inumaru created the specimen 9855 in Amami Woodcock (Scolopax mira) for Keiko Ito

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9848 in Asian Short-toed Lark (Alaudala cheleensis) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9847 in Asian Short-toed Lark (Alaudala cheleensis) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9846 in Lesser short-toed lark (Alaudala rufescens) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9845 in Lesser short-toed lark (Alaudala rufescens) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9844 in Lesser short-toed lark (Alaudala rufescens) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9843 in Bimaculated Lark (Melanocorypha bimaculata) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9842 in Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9841 in Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9840 in Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9839 in Mongolian Lark (Melanocorypha mongolica) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9838 in Mongolian Lark (Melanocorypha mongolica) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9837 in Mongolian Lark (Melanocorypha mongolica) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9836 in Mongolian Lark (Melanocorypha mongolica) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9835 in Mongolian Lark (Melanocorypha mongolica) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9834 in Mongolian Lark (Melanocorypha mongolica) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9833 in Mongolian Lark (Melanocorypha mongolica) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9831 in Sky Lark (Alauda arvensis) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9830 in Sky Lark (Alauda arvensis) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9829 in Sky Lark (Alauda arvensis) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9828 in Sky Lark (Alauda arvensis) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9827 in Sky Lark (Alauda arvensis) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9826 in Sky Lark (Alauda arvensis) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9825 in Sky Lark (Alauda arvensis) for Busching

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9824 in Bimaculated Lark (Melanocorypha bimaculata) for Wilfried Hansen

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9823 in Rufous Sibia (Heterophasia capistrata) for Wilfried Hansen

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Alexander Haase created the specimen 9822 in Standard-winged Nightjar (Caprimulgus longipennis) for Wilfried Hansen

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