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Seleucidis melanoleuca
Donor: Mrs Roberts
Place Object Found: Papua New Guinea
Department: Natural History
Accession Number: B1904.23
Many of the natural history specimens found in our regional museums originated in far flung parts of the British Empire. Birds of Paradise are found in and around New Guinea, which was annexed by the British in 1883. By 1884, thousands of these birds were being imported to the UK to make decorations for hats. This specimen entered the museum in 1904, but was probably one of the many thousands brought into the country during this time. The RSPB was founded in 1889 in response to the persecution of birds such as these and helped to protect them from the plumage trade.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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