UNPUBLISHED REPORT - LUBANGO MUSEUM
REPORT ON A VISIT TO THE LUBANGO MUSEUM, ANGOLA
Michael S. L. Mills
On 26 and 27 October 2005 I visited the bird skin collection of the Instituto de Investigação Científica de Angola housed at the Instituto de Ciêntifias da Educação in Lubango, Angola. This collection contains approximately 46000 specimens, many of which were collected by A. A. da Rosa Pinto. I estimate that at least 95% of specimens are taken from within the borders of Angola.
The collection was in fairly good condition. It is completely catalogued, and specimens are housed together with original journals with detailed information for each specimen in the collection. Almost all specimens are clearly labelled and the collections is ordered taxonomically and sorted by subspecies. I saw no invertebrates in the drawers, and the skins were clean and dry, although the feathers were sometimes untidy. Perhaps the biggest drawback was the current housing of specimens: many of the drawers contain too many specimens, so that specimens get damaged when drawers are opened and closed.
This collection represents a vast, untapped source of information on Angolan bird distributions and taxonomy. I noted several new localities for poorly-known species, and closer examination will certainly reveal many more. Specimens appear to have been identified with great accuracy and care, although some interesting identification issues need closer examination. Below is a series of notes on particular species, to highlight just some interesting information contained in this collection.
The staff members responsible for the maintenance of this collection are to be commended for their commitment and care under trying conditions.
There are two main areas in which this collection could benefit. These are:
Anyone wishing to assist the museum in maintaining its collection or wishing to gain access for research purposes should contact Birds Angola.
Sparrowhawk Accipiter rufiventris rufiventris
Francolin Francolinus swierstrai
Woodland Warbler Phylloscopus
Bush-Shrike Lanarius amboimensis
Bush-Shrike Malaconotus monteiri
Cisticola Cisticola dambo
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