Egg diversity

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Bowerbird eggs in the ANWC collection

We’re spending a few days in Canberra at the amazing egg collection in the Australian National Wildlife collection, measuring variation in size, coloration and patterning across the Australian passerines. The data will be analysed as part of our ongoing research into the way that the environment affects nesting and reproductive investment. The collection holds specimens from most species and reveals the stunning diversity across birds in the amount of pigmentation and patterning.

 

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Why is there so much variation in colour and patterning?

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