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Oology is the branch of zoology that deals with the study of eggs, especially birds' eggs. It can also be applied to the hobby of collecting wild birds' eggs (which is now illegal in many jurisdictions). Oology includes the study of the breeding habits of birds, and the study of their nests. (The study of birds' nests is sometimes called caliology). Zoology (Greek zoon = animal and logos = word) is the biological discipline which involves the study of animals. ... An average Whooping Crane egg is 102 mm long, and weighs 208 grams A baby tortoise emerges from a reptile egg. ... Orders Many - see section below. ...


Birds' eggs are conveniently classified as marked or unmarked, according to the ground color. Birds which lay their eggs in holes in trees or in the ground almost always have white, unspotted eggs. Birds which build in trees generally have blue or greenish eggs, either spotted or unspotted, while birds that build in bushes, near the ground, are likely to lay speckled eggs.


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Thomas Mayo Brewer (1814-80), an American ornithologist, wrote most of the biographical sketches in the History of North american Birds, by Baird, Brewer, and Ridgway (1874-84). He has been called "the father of American oölogy". He wrote North American Oölogy which was partially-published in 1857.
T. G. Gentry, Nests and Eggs of the Birds of the United States, (Philadelphia, 1885).
Oliver Davie, Nests and Eggs of North American Birds, (fifth edition, Columbus, 1898).
W. C. Hewitson, Illustrations of Eggs of British Birds, (third edition, London, 1856).
Newton, Dictionary of Birds, (New York, 1893-96).

Ornithology (from the Greek ornitha = chicken and logos = word/science) is the branch of biology concerned with the scientific study of birds. ... 1857 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...

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WFVZ -- Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology (216 words)
On March 17th 2006, the WFVZ hosted its first Oology and Nidology class.
(Oology is the study of eggs and Nidology is the study of nests.) There were 16 people in attendance for the day-long class.
Dr. Linnea Hall, Executive Director, taught the morning session, covering male and female anatomy, egg structure and functions, and embryo development.
Oology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (232 words)
Oology is the branch of zoology that deals with the study of eggs, especially birds' eggs.
It can also be applied to the hobby of collecting wild birds' eggs (which is now illegal in many jurisdictions).
Oology includes the study of the breeding habits of birds, and the study of their nests.
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