Which Bird, Which Egg?

By | April 1, 2010
From Xplor: April/May 2010

Just like birds, eggs come in many sizes, shapes and colors.

  • American crows line their nests with green pine needles and brown bark to camouflage their eggs.
  • American robins nest in the fork of a tree where their bright eggs blend in with the sun-dappled leaves.
  • Ruby-throated hummingbirds are only as long as your pinkie and can fit just two eggs in their tiny nests.
  • Gray catbirds nest in dense thickets where their turquoise eggs seem to vanish in the leafy darkness.
  • Killdeer scratch out shallow nests in dirt, sand or gravel and lay camouflaged eggs that won’t roll away
  • Canada geese lay eggs that match their large size. Since the eggs are slender, up to eight can fit in a single nest.
  • Eastern screech owls nest in cavities where their eggs can’t roll away.

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This Issue's Staff

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Kevin Lanahan
Joan McKee
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
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