TAXIDERMY MOUNTS OF BIRDS AND MAMMALS  ON DISPLAY IN  
REGIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, MYSORE CITY

The Regional museum of Natural History, Mysore has a fairly good collection of taxidermy related articles in its reserve collection from various museums in Karnataka state. As part of didactic exhibits, a fraction of the collections which have direct relevance with the fauna of south India and Western Ghats are put on display in the bio diversity gallery and in discovery centre.  

Interestingly most of the taxidermy mounts of mammals are of zoo animals, prepared by the celebrated artists in Taxidermy, M/s Van Ingen & Van Ingen, Mysore. Regarding the birds, the mounts might have been prepared by departmental taxidermists or by some unknown local artists.    

Part I - Birds

    There are birds belonging to 7 orders and 11 families, which include waders, Arboreal and Semi aquatic groups.        

    [* Scientific names after  Rasmussen, P.c. &  Anderton, J.C.2012. Birds of South  Asia. The Ripley Guide. Vols. 1 & 2.]

Part II - Mammals

    There are animals belonging to 5 orders and 9 families which include carnivores, Omnivores, and Herbivores.   

 


PART I - BIRDS  

ORDER: CICINIFORMES     

FAMILY: ARDEIDAE


1.    Scientific name: *Egretta intermedia [Syn. Mesophoyx intermedia (Wagler)]

Common name: English  - Median Egret, Intermediate Egret

                        Kannada - Madhyama Bellakki

Sex: ?  Adult

 

ORDER: ANSERIFORMES     

FAMILY: ANATIDAE

2.    Scientific name: Cygnus olor (Gmelin) 

Common name: English -  Mute Swan

                        Kannada - Hamsa (found beyond Indian Limit)

Sex: Male ♂, Adult

 

3.    Scientific name: Spatula clypeata  [Syn. Anas clypeata (Linnaeus )]

Common name: English - Northern shoveller

                        Kannada- Chaluka bAtu

Sex: Male ♂, Adult  

 

ORDER: GRUIFORMES               

FAMILY: OTIDIDAE 

4.    Scientific name: Ardeotis nigriceps (Vigors) 

Common name: English - Great Indian Bustard       

                        Kannada - Hukkana hakki, Erladdu     

Sex: Male   ♂, Adult


ORDER: CHARADRIIFORMES 

 FAMILY: CHARADRIIDAE      SUB FAMILY: CHARADRIINAE

5.    Scientific name: Tringa stagnatilis (Bechstein) 

Common name: English - Marsh Sandpiper  

                        Kannada - Jaugu Gadde Gorava

Sex: ? Adult  

 

ORDER: COLUMBIFORMES           

 FAMILY: COLUMBIDIDAE

6.    Scientific name: Streptopelis senegalansis cambayensis (Gmelin)

Common name: English - Laughing Dove, Indian little Brown Dove

                        Kannada- Nage chore hakki, kandu beLava 

Sex: ? Adult    

 

7.    Scientific name: Ducula aenea (Linnaeus)

Common name: English - Green Imperial Pigeon    

                        Kannada- Hasiru MuniyaDalu

Sex: ? Adult  

 

ORDER: CUCULIFORMES      

FAMILY: CUCULIDAE   

8.    Scientific name: Centropus sinensis (Stephens)

Common name: English - Greater Coucal                   

                        Kannada - Kembhoota, Rathna Pakshi

Sex: ? Adult   

 

ORDER: CORACIIFORMES               

FAMILY: ALCEDINIDAE

9.    Scientific name: Halcycon smyrnensis (Linnaeus)

Common name: English - White breasted Kingfisher, White throated Kingfisher  

                        Kannada - Bili Ede MinchuLLi, Gadde MinchuLLI

Sex: ? Adult   

 

ORDER: CORACIIFORMES            

FAMILY: BUCEROTIDAE 

10. Scientific name: Ocyceros griseus (Latham)

Common name: English - Malabar Grey Hornbill

                        Kannada - Male Mangate, kokkanakki 

Sex: ? Adult  

 

 

11. Scientific name: Anthracoceros coronatus Boddaert 

Common name: English - Malabar pied Horn bill (Head mount only) hakki 

                        Kannada - Male Daasa Mangate

Sex: Male   ♂, Adult

 

ORDER: PICIFORMES                   

FAMILY: CAPITONIDAE 

12. Scientific name: Megalaima asiatica (Latham)

Common name: English - Blue Throated Barbet,      

                        Kannada - found only in lower Himalayan limit and NE India (Indian Limit)  

Sex: ? Adult

FAMILY: PICIDAE    

13. Scientific name: Dryocopus javensis (Horsfield)

Common name: English - Indian great Black wood pecker, white bellied wood

                        Kannada - Hemmarakutiga

Sex: Male   ♂, Adult

 

ORDER: PASSERIFORMES   

FAMILY: DICRURIDAE

14. Scientific name: Edolius macrocercus [Syn. Dicrurus macrocercus (Vieillot)] 

Common name: English - Black Drongo      

                        Kannada - Kaajaana

Sex: ? Adult 

 

FAMILY: PLOCEIDAE          SUBFAMILY: PASSERINAE

15. Scientific name: Passer domesticus (Linnaeus) 

Common name: English - House Sparrow,    

                        Kannada - Gubbi

Sex: Female   ♀, Adult 

 

PART II –MAMMALS

 

ORDER: CORNIVORA                   

FAMILY:  FELIDAE

1.     Scientific name: Panthera tigris (Linnaeus)

Common name: English - Tiger, Royal Bengal Tiger

                        Kannada - Huli

Sex: One adult Male ♂ ;  Two adults Female ♀;and,  one juvenile female

 

2.     Scientific name: Panthera leo (Linnaeus)

Common name: English - Lion

                        Kannada - Simha.

Sex: Male    ♂, Adult 

 

3.     Scientific name: Panthera pardus (Linnaeus)

Common name: English - Leopard

                        Kannada - Chirate

Sex: Female ♀. Adult  

 

SUBFAMILY: FELINAE

4.     Scientific name:  Acinonyx jubatus (Schreber)

Common name: English - Hunting Cheetah

                        Kannada - BEte Chirate

Sex: Female   ♀, Adult

 

5.     Scientific name: Felis temmincki (Vigors & Horsefield )

Common name: English - Golden Cat

                        Kannada - Bangara bekku, Kaadu bekku

Sex: - Female ♀, Adult  

 

6.    Scientific name: Felis benghalensis (Ker)

Common name:-English - Leopard Cat 

                        Kannada - Chirate bekku

 

 

 

FAMILY: HYAENIDAE

7.    Scientific name: Hyaena hyaena (Linnaeus)

Common name: English - The Striped Hyaena 

                        Kannada - Katte Kiruba 

Sex: ? adult

 

FAMILY: CANIDAE    SUBFAMILY: CANINAE

8.    Scientific name: Cuon alpinus (Pallas) (Cuon alpinus dukhunensis (Sykes)?)

Common name: English - Dhole, Indian Wild dog

                        Kannada - Seelu naayi

Sex:? Adult

 

FAMILY: URSIDAE 

9.    Scientific name: Melurus ursinus (Shaw)

Common name: English - The Sloth Bear

                        Kannada - Kari Karadi, Somaari Karadi

Sex: ? Adult 

 

FAMILY: AILURIDAE

10. Scientific name: - Ailurus fulgens F.Cuvier

Common name: English- The Cat-bear or Red Panda

                        Kannada- Kempukaradi 

Sex: ? Adult 

 

ORDER: RODENTIA             

FAMILY: SCIURIDAE

11. Scientific name: Ratufa indica Erxleben

Common name: English - The Gaint Indian Squirrel 

                        Kannada - Kendalilu

Sex: ? Adult

 

ORDER: LOGOMARPHA                  

FAMILY: LEPROIDAE

12. Scientific name: Lepus nigricollis nigricollis F.Cuvier

Common name: English - The Black Naped Hare 

                        Kannada- Kaadu Mola

Sex: ? Adult  

 

ORDER: PROBOSCIDAE                 

FAMILY: ELEPHANTIDAE

13. Scientific name: Elephus maximus Linnaeus

Common name: English - Elephant

                        Kannada - AAnemari

Sex: One male & one female (There are two Elephant calves)

 

 

ORDER: ARTIODACTYLA                

FAMILY: BOVIDAE

14. Scientific name: Antilope cervicapra (Linnaeus)

Common name: English - Black buck or Indian Antelope

                        Kannada - Krishna mruga, Chigare, Erale.

Sex: Male   ♂. Adult  

 

15. Scientific name: - Axis axis (Erxleben)

Common name: English: The Chital or Spotted Deer

                        Kannada: Chukke Jinke, Harina,

Sex: Male   ♂, Adult   

 

Reference:

                   

Ali,S. & Ripley, S.D. 1987. Compact handbook of  the birds of India and Pakistan together  with those of Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. 2nd ed. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

 

About Author

Mr. S.J.Srinivasa is a sculptor by profession, by passion an amateur naturalist. Employed with Regional Museum of Natural History, Mysore for past 20 years and has taken a major responsibility in establishing the exhibits and maintenance there.