Bird eggs of the Harvard Museum of Natural History

June 12, 2012

More from my flying visit to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. I found this exhibition of bird eggs very striking. In particular, it was shocking how much bigger the elephant-bird egg is than that of the ostrich.

From smallest to largest, the eggs are those of:

  1. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
  2. Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea
  3. House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
  4. Eastern Screech Own Megascops asio
  5. Thick-billed Parrot Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncho
  6. Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegeno
  7. Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
  8. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  9. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
  10. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  11. Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus
  12. Wandering Albatross Diomedeo exulans
  13. Ostrich Struthio camelus
  14. Elephant bird Aepyornis sp.

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One Response to “Bird eggs of the Harvard Museum of Natural History”


  1. […] For previous adventures in the Harvard Museum of Natural History, see here (monotremes) and here (bird eggs). […]


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