Images of selected birds of the world are included in the virtual exhibit at
http://www.royalalbertamuseum.ca/vexhibit/eggs/vexalta/exmen1.htm,

along with photos of the adult (where available), and the species’ distributions. Here, one example is given for several orders included in the virtual exhibit.

Images of selected birds of the world are included in the virtual exhibit at
http://www.royalalbertamuseum.ca/vexhibit/eggs/vexalta/exmen1.htm,

along with photos of the adult (where available), and the species’ distributions. Here, one example is given for several orders included in the virtual exhibit.


© 2006 CHIN-Canadian Heritage Information Network.

Order & Family: Struthioniformes, Struthionidae
Description: Spherical, smooth and heavily pitted. Colour is cream.
Clutch Size: 15-20 eggs
Egg Size: 151 x 128 mm

Range: Africa.

Order & Family: Struthioniformes, Struthionidae
Description: Spherical, smooth and heavily pitted. Colour is cream.
Clutch Size: 15-20 eggs
Egg Size: 151 x 128 mm

Range: Africa.


© 2006 Government of Alberta and © 1996-2006 Royal Alberta Museum.

Ostrich

The egg and adult of the ostrich.

Photos by Graham Mitchell-Lawson and Kim Chapman.
The Royal Alberta Museum, E.T. Jones collection.

© 2006 Government of Alberta and © 1996-2006 Royal Alberta Museum.


Order & Family: Struthioniformes, Dromaiidae
Description: Oval and very rough in texture. Colour is a deep olive-green, darkening to indigo or black in collections, or fading to white in the sun.
Clutch Size: 7-12 eggs
Egg Size: 137 x 88 mm

Range: Australia.

Order & Family: Struthioniformes, Dromaiidae
Description: Oval and very rough in texture. Colour is a deep olive-green, darkening to indigo or black in collections, or fading to white in the sun.
Clutch Size: 7-12 eggs
Egg Size: 137 x 88 mm

Range: Australia.


© 2006 Government of Alberta and © 1996-2006 Royal Alberta Museum.

Australian Emu

The egg and adult of the Australian emu.

Photos by Graham Mitchell-Lawson and Kim Chapman.
The Royal Alberta Museum, E.T. Jones collection.

© 2006 Government of Alberta and © 1996-2006 Royal Alberta Museum.


Order & Family: Phoenicopteriformes, Phoenicopteridae
Description: Oval, smooth and non-glossy. Colour is pale greenish-white with a chalky white outer layer.
Clutch Size: 1 egg
Egg Size: 90 x 55 mm

Range: Europe, Asia, Africa and Northern South America.

Order & Family: Phoenicopteriformes, Phoenicopteridae
Description: Oval, smooth and non-glossy. Colour is pale greenish-white with a chalky white outer layer.
Clutch Size: 1 egg
Egg Size: 90 x 55 mm

Range: Europe, Asia, Africa and Northern South America.


© 2006 Government of Alberta and © 1996-2006 Royal Alberta Museum.

Greater Flamingo

The egg and adult of the greater flamingo.

Photos by Graham Mitchell-Lawson and Kim Chapman.
The Royal Alberta Museum, E.T. Jones collection.

© 2006 Government of Alberta and © 1996-2006 Royal Alberta Museum.


Order & Family: Galliformes, Cracidae
Description: Subelliptical to oval, smooth but finely granular and slightly glossy. Colour is white, often becoming nest-stained.
Clutch Size: 3 eggs
Egg Size: 66 x 53 mm

Order & Family: Galliformes, Cracidae
Description: Subelliptical to oval, smooth but finely granular and slightly glossy. Colour is white, often becoming nest-stained.
Clutch Size: 3 eggs
Egg Size: 66 x 53 mm

© 2006 Government of Alberta and © 1996-2006 Royal Alberta Museum.

Plain Chachalaca

The egg and adult of the plain chachalaca

Photos by Graham Mitchell-Lawson and Kim Chapman.
The Royal Alberta Museum, E.T. Jones collection.

© 2006 Government of Alberta and © 1996-2006 Royal Alberta Museum.


Order & Family: Caprimulgiformes, Podargidae
Description: Elliptical, smooth and slightly to non-glossy. Colour is white.
Clutch Size: 2-3 eggs
Egg Size: 45 x 30 mm

Range: Tasmania and Australia.

Order & Family: Caprimulgiformes, Podargidae
Description: Elliptical, smooth and slightly to non-glossy. Colour is white.
Clutch Size: 2-3 eggs
Egg Size: 45 x 30 mm

Range: Tasmania and Australia.


© 2006 Government of Alberta and © 1996-2006 Royal Alberta Museum.

Tawny Frogmouth

The egg and adult tawny frogmouth.

Photos by Graham Mitchell-Lawson and Kim Chapman.
The Royal Alberta Museum, E.T. Jones collection.

© 2006 Government of Alberta and © 1996-2006 Royal Alberta Museum.


Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Become familiar with the appearance, and ecology of several species of birds worldwide, recognizing that bird biodiversity extends beyond that represented in Canada
  • Recognize that appearance of eggs is specific to species

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