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05-14-2006, 08:03 PM
I've been trying to model a realistic osprey, but I'm having trouble finding useable avian anatomy reference-- particularly of the muscular and skeletal structure, as it's difficult to tell from photographs exactly where feathers end and musculature begins.
I'd be grateful for any help offered.

05-14-2006, 09:13 PM

Try searching the SurgiCat Database, the link to which was posted to this forum just a few days ago by another member:

Hope this helps! SurgiCat is the online database of the extensive collections of an Anatomy Museum in London. It looks great! Hope you find what you need. :)

For example, I did a really fast search for 'osprey', and came up with this, though I'm sure there's much more there:

I did a broader search for 'bird' and came up with this:



05-15-2006, 02:00 AM
Thanks, that's useful.
I could really use a diagram of a raptor's muscular structure, or even a good photo of a raptor without any feathers-- I don't suppose you know of a museum with pictures specifically about ornithology?

05-15-2006, 02:29 AM
Hmm, I did a Google search for ornithology museum (thanks for the word, I forgot that the study of birds was ornithology) :)

Try here:

The Audubon Society:

They have a page on Bird Resources:

Also I did a search for bird anatomy museum, and came up with this:

If you click on 'bones' on the left navigation panel, there's a generic diagram of a bird skeleton.

I would also just do a Google search and see what you turn up. If you find any great sites, please post them here! :thumbsup:

Cheers, :)


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