Bird eggs

California Academy of Sciences2015-09

California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco, CA, United States

Most of the multi-colored beauty of bird eggs comes from just two pigments. The palette may be simple, but the color’s purpose is complex. Scientists hypothesize that each egg’s unique pattern and hue may function as camouflage, sunblock, and egg identification. In fact, these hard-working colors may do all these things at once—and more.


  • Title: Bird eggs
  • Creator: California Academy of Sciences
  • Date Created: 2015-09
  • Location: Species from North and South America
  • Location Created: San Francisco, CA
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