Birds from all over the world - this is the passion of Taxidermist Vanni Bianchi and his wife Adriana Fausto. The museum shows a part of Bianchi’s private collection, that he had for several decades gathered. He has worked for 35 years in his profession, which requires maximum precision. "I have always collected and stuffed birds - they are for me extremely interesting animals. The specific details of each of the approximately 2,500 birds in the collection, are founded in different ways - whether as the richness of colours, the beaks, the shape of the head or the particular plumage and his disposition".
The display area of this Bird world in Oberdrauburg should be about four times larger, in order to expose all 2,500 exhibits simultaneously.
With "Vanni`s Vogelwelt" or Vanni`s Bird World, a long-cherished dream came true. "I want to show people the wonderful diversity of the bird world, we have to take care of them, protect them and make children and young people aware of the value of our wildlife," says Vanni Bianchi. The Bird world in Oberdrauburg should help turn every visitor into a spokesperson for animal protection and nature preservation.
"Nature, animals and birds have always fascinated me. In my childhood and adolescence, I have always had birds around me. Unfortunately, our feathered friends died too. And there is only one way to preserve a beloved animal: artistic stuffing", says Vanni Bianchi.
From this a great passion was born: Taxidermy. First as a hobby, later as a job. Bianchi has been practicing this profession for over 20 years. And since the end of the eighties Vanni Bianchi collects different specimens of birds.
"Since then I have known more and more breeders, I have made contact with different Zoos throughout Europe, and I have never stopped stuffing animals," says Bianchi. Its ornithological collection has grown to over 2,500 birds to date. Almost all European species are represented in the collection.
A part of them are animals born and raised on farms and in zoos, and that have been entrusted to me after their death. Another part of these birds and animals were found dead on roads, in forests and in fields, and then delivered to me for its dissection. A third category come from legitimate hunting; if the specimen came from a foreign country, has been legally imported with the appropriate veterinary permits and certificates. There are also birds from old collections, which have been kindly given to us by the inheritors or other owners.
Many of these specimens have been presented in recent years in cultural and educational events in northern Italy, such as Morsano al Tagliamento (1999 and 2004), Bagnarola (2006) or San Michele al Tagliamento (2005, 2006 and 2007). Since 2010 over 500 copies of the collection are part of the permanent exhibition of the Ornithological Museum of the Italian Breeders' Federation in Piacenza (Emilia-Romagna).