With nearly 16,000 specimens, the birds represent the largest of the tetrapod collections at at Tel Aviv Zoological Museum. These belong to over 800 species, including most of the species that regularly breed in Israel, migrate over it or winter here, as well as accidentals such as the only albatross (a shy albatross, Thalassarche cauta) ever recorded in the country. Most of the specimens (>85%) originate from Israel, although more than 60 countries are represented in the collection, with particularly large number of Italian, Egyptian, Cypriot and Ethiopian specimens. Among the best represented species are the house sparrow (Passer domesticus), the chukar partridge (Alectoris chukar), the Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthopygos), the graceful prinia (Prinia gracilis), and the crested lark (Galerida cristata) – all with well over 150 specimens. The bird collection includes the oldest of the tetrapod specimens in TAU, with some dating as far back as 1876. A particularly large part of the collection represent the actions of one individual naturalist, Haim Hovel, who has donated a collection of over 5,000 specimens in the late 1990s.