The largest Easter egg…

…that we found this year definitely originates from an Eurasian crane! With its longitudinal-oval shape, the brownish flecking at its big end and the variability regarding size and colour, it can be identified easily. But did you know about the following three fascinating facts?

  • With 10 cm in length and 6 cm in diameter the cranes’ egg comes third in the ranking lists of the largest eggs of German breeding birds. Only the eggs of the Nandu and the Mute Swan are larger.
  • The flecking can be quite variable between different clutches. Therefore, some ornithologists are able to identify the female by looking at the flecking of the egg.
  • About 90 % of the breeding crane pairs lay two eggs. One single egg can be found in rare cases, clutches of three eggs are exceptional.

We wish you nice and happy Easter holidays! Enjoy the flowering nature, the birds singing early in the morning and the warming sun.

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