Egg Size Competition

Elephant Bird Egg Fossil (Photo byAdam Blanchette).

Eggs come in the most amazing variety of colors, shapes, sizes and textures. Harvard Museum of Natural History visitors can see the basketball sized egg of the extinct Elephant Bird, (14) an ostrich egg (13), down to the hummingbird egg, barely the size of a coffee bean.

The elephant birds, which were giant ratites native to Madagascar, have been extinct since at least the 17th century.


  1. Thanks for the mention! The Harvard Museum of Natural History is on the historic campus, just a 7-8 minute walk from the Harvard Square Red Line T station (or 15 minutes from Porter Square on the Commuter Rail) Open 9 to 5 daily.
    Directions, more info at www.hmnh.harvard.edu.

  2. You're welcome ! but thanks to you ! Hope to visit the Harvard Museum and see real elephant bird egg !