This professional training regarding birds from European Institute of Taxidermy Training aims to offer to you a set of methods and techniques that will enable you the create qualitatively good mounts. When you have earned your certificate after the exam you will have mastered the method and techniques used to produce such a mount.

During the Taxidermy bird-course you will need to mount a minimum of three birds. One of these has to be a cock Ring-necked Pheasant, one a Waterfowl species and one you can choose from the available birds or a species you bring with you. One of these three has to be a flying bird and one of these birds has to have an artificial head.

You can either bring your own birds or you can choose/acquire birds from the institute. We don’t want you to work on birds bigger than a goose or a turkey during this course.

The bird-course takes 2 weeks and in these two weeks you are free to mount more than three birds during the 80 hours of training offered. If you choose, there will be an excursion offered in the week-end to a nature reserve to look at birds in their natural surroundings.

How does a course day look like?

Each day starts with a class in which you will be taught some theory and how to use this in your taxidermy-practice. Despite being primarily a practical training you do need to bring a notebook. At the end of the course there will be an exam which may give you a certificate. During this class you will also see a demonstration.

After the class and demonstration you can work on your own projects for the rest of the day. During this your trainer will be present and will guide you through the taxidermy process at hand.  This guidance you can ask for but will also be given to you unrequested if the trainer thinks it would be beneficial to your work.

There are no set coffee. This does not comply with the nature of taxidermy-work as breaks are not always possible during the flow of your work.

Coffee/Tea are provided but of course you are always allowed to bring your own lunch. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted as are drugs of any kind. Smoking is allowed outside on a designated area of the premises.

The day starts at 08:30 and your trainer will be there until 5 pm. On request and If possible you will be able to work in the evening as well.

The institute can provide you with a list of facilities where you can stay and/or have dinner.

Segments of the course
  • Specimen
  • Anatomy
  • Skinning
  • Degreasing
  • Preparing the artificial body and neck
  • Construction
  • First grooming and finishing
  • Positioning of the feathers
  • Habitat
  • Marketing and pricing
Costs of the training

€ 3.000,00 incl. VAT / € 2.479,34 excl. VAT

Please note that your travel and accomodation costs are excluded and for your own account.


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