Curator's choice - Natural history

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Birds

Peacocks

Stuffed Peacocks were two-a-penny in Victorian collections, but the museum’s specimen comes from the menagerie kept by Sir Henry Peek in his 100 acre gardens at Wimbledon House, Parkside, in Victorian times; an interesting link with the fashionable past of Wimbledon.

Montague's Harrier

We don’t know the origin of the juvenile Montague’s Harrier, but this raptor has always been a rare migrant, wintering in Sub-Saharan Africa and breeding in the downlands of South-east England. Only about 10 pairs breed annually nowadays. It would have made quite a prize item in the collection of a Victorian gent.

Contact the British Trust for Ornithology or the RSPB for more information on our birds.