Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club
Contents

ISSN 0007-1595
Edited by Nigel J Collar, Clemency T Fisher & Chris J Feare

Volume 123 A-
For more information about the Bull BOC write to the Editor - Guy Kirwan

EDITORS’ COMMENTARY AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 3
INTRODUCTION 5
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HAFFER, J. Avian zoogeography, speciation and the museum tradition 7
OLSON, STORRS L. Development and Uses of Avian Skeleton Collections 26
LIVEZEY, BRADLEY C. Avian Spirit Collections: Attitudes, Importance and Prospects 35
CHRISTIDIS, L. & NORMAN, J.A. DNA and the museum tradition 42
RAJKOWSKI, K.M. DNA and protein sequence databanks: some caveats 65
RASMUSSEN, P.C. & PRYS-JONES, R.P.  History vs mystery: the reliability of museum specimen data 66
COLLAR, N.J. & RUDYANTO The Archive and the Ark: Bird Specimen Data in Conservation Status Assessment 95
ALSTROM, P. & RANFT, R. The use of sounds in avian systematics and the importance of bird sound archives 114
FISHER, C.T. & WARR, F.E. Museums on paper: library & manuscript resources 136
GREEN, RHYS E. & SCHARLEMANN, FÖRN P.W. Egg and Skin Collections as a Resource for Long-Term Ecological Studies 165
KITCHENER, A.C. & MCGOWAN, R.Y. Sudden large samples: opportunities and problems 177
PETERSON, A.T., VIEGLAIS, D.A., NAVARRO, A.G., S., & SILVA, M. A Global Distributed Biodiversity Information Network: Building the World Museum 186
CHEKE, A.S. Treasure Island—the rise and decline of a small tropical museum, the Mauritius Institute 197
NAVARRO, A.G., S., PETERSON, A.T. & GORDILLO-MARTÍNEZ, A. Museums working together: the atlas of the birds of Mexico 207
HROMADA, M., KUCZYNSKI, L., SKORACKI, M., ANTCZAK, M. & TRYJANOWSKI, P. The value of the bird collections and associated data in regional museums: Lanius excubitor specimens in Šarišské Museum, Bardejov, Slovakia 226
BOEV, Z. Specimens of extinct and threatened birds in the collections of the National Museum of Natural History in Sofía, Bulgaria 234
RICHFORD, A.S. Museums, books and costs: public service vs private enterprise 246
WOODCOCK, M. Some reflections on the use of skins in bird illustration 249
ROSELAAR, C.S. An Inventory of Major European Bird Collections 253
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ADAMS, M.P., COOPER, J.H. & COLLAR, N.J. Extinct and Endangered (‘E&E’) Birds: A Proposed List for Collection Catalogues 338
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COOPER, JOANNE H. & STEINHEIMER, FRANK D. Why Museums Matter: Reporte From the Workshops 14-15 November 1999 ‘Increased Cooperation Between Bird Collections’ 355