Bird eggs are diverse. They vary in size, color, and shape. The African ostrich has the largest egg of the modern birds. It is more than 2,000 times larger than the egg belonging to the hummingbird bumblebee (bee), the smallest of modern birds. Ostrich eggs have an average length of 180 mm and a width of 140 mm, and a weight of 1.2 kg. Hummingbird eggs are 13 mm long and 8 mm wide and weigh half a gram.

     Children of IDPs (from Kyiv and Kharkiv) and Uzhhorod residents learned about the diversity of bird eggs during a scientific and educational event at the Transcarpathian Regional Museum of Local Lore named after T. Legotskyi. Ruslana Dzhahman, a senior researcher in the Nature Department, told and showed the presentation about a wide range of egg colors in birds, which is determined by two pigments: protoporphyrin (red-brown) and biliverdin (blue-green).

The number of pigments and their ratio paints eggs in different colors: from yellow, blue, green to dark brown, black. Some of them resemble real Easter eggs.

       Even one species of bird can have different colored eggs. The yellowhammers, for example, have reddish beige bluish and are sown with small brown spots and streaks. The children made a decorative Easter eggs from cardboard and painted them with bird patterns during the event. Easter eggs are made of used cardboard and remnants of wallpaper. Waste, which could end up in the trash, has become a material for the product, which will be a great decoration for any holiday composition for Easter.

The event was held in cooperation with the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies (IERS) (headed by Alexander Bokotey) and the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU Bundesverband, NABU International), project coordinator Ivan Tymofeiev).


Informational Service of IERS

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