The eggs showcased range from those of hummingbirds to the extinct elephant bird
, and include illustrations of the avian world's smallest and largest eggs demonstrate the variety present in nature.
In the book Antiques Roadshow expert Marc Allum explains a few of his favourites: Eggy expense The eggs of the now extinct Elephant bird
We also learn about the now extinct elephant bird
, which was even taller than an ostrich and produced an egg so large you'd need a McMuffin bun the size of a car bonnet to accommodate it.
ferox), two species of rodents, an extinct pygmy hippopotamus, crocodiles, turtles, and two bird species (including the extinct elephant bird
Instead, the diminutive kiwi is most closely related to the extinct Madagascan elephant bird
- a 2-3 metre tall, 275 kg giant.
3 metre-tall elephant bird
from Madagascar is the closest relative of the kiwi.
Summary: A giant egg from the extinct elephant bird
is expected to fetch Au30,000.
Attenborough and the Giant Egg BBC2, 8pm Fifty years on from his first visit, David Attenborough is returning to Madagascar to see how it's changed during the intervening period, and also to search for more clues about one of his most treasured possessions, the egg of an elephant bird
, an ostrichlike creature that weighed half a ton.
The now extinct elephant bird
weighed an incredible half a ton and David has returned to Madagascar in the hope of discovering what happened to it.
WEDNESDAY WEDNESDAY Attenborough and the Giant Egg BBC2, 8pm Jamie's Dream School Channel 4, 9pm When David Attenborough was filming in Madagascar for Zoo Quest in 1960, he was given pieces of an egg belonging to the extinct elephant bird
, the largest to have ever lived.
Fieldwork has allowed him to collect bones from recently extinct members of the group--the giant moa of New Zealand and the elephant bird
of Madagascar--as well as the living members--ostrich, emu, rhea, kiwi, and cassowary.
It was laid by an elephant bird
more than 400 years ago.