The Book of Eggs: A Life-Size Guide to the Eggs of Six Hundred of the World's Bird Species
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From the brilliantly green and glossy eggs of the Elegant Crested Tinamou―said to be among the most beautiful in the world―to the small brown eggs of the house sparrow that makes its nest in a lamppost and the uniformly brown or white chickens’ eggs found by the dozen in any corner grocery, birds’ eggs have inspired countless biologists, ecologists, and ornithologists, as well as artists, from John James Audubon to the contemporary photographer Rosamond Purcell. For scientists, these vibrant vessels are the source of an array of interesting topics, from the factors responsible for egg coloration to the curious practice of “brood parasitism,” in which the eggs of cuckoos mimic those of other bird species in order to be cunningly concealed among the clutches of unsuspecting foster parents.
- 656 pages
- Written by Mark E Hauber