Dr Philip Whittington heads up the museum’s ornithology department. A dedicated researcher with a good publication record Phil has a special interest in sea birds. Some aspects of his work at the museum is presented in a new natural history display in the museum foyer gallery.
The bird specimen collection houses thousands of specimens. These are curated in a special repository in the older part of the museum. Specimens from this collection are on display (illustrated above) in the special ornithology exhibit mentioned above.
One of Phil’s research fields is terns:
Other work includes the South African Bird Atlas project (SABAP):