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Heath Hen Tympanuchus cupido cupido

Bruce Museum Collection 95.20 Gift of William A. O. Gross

This study skin is one of three extinct bird specimens housed in the Bruce Museum collections. The Heath Hen occupied coastal regions from Virginia to New Hampshire, and was common at the start of the Colonial Era. Overhunting decimated the Heath Hen and by the end of the 1800s they survived only on Martha’s Vineyard. The last individual perished in 1932.

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