Protective Coloration of Eggs


THE following letter records a very interesting observation which is new to me, and I should be glad to hear if any similar fact has been noted before. If not, it would be very interesting if those who have the opportunity would, in the coming spring, seek for as many nests as possible of the red-backed shrike, and see if they can find any correlation between the colours of the eggs and the lining material of the nest.

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WALLACE, A. Protective Coloration of Eggs. Nature 41, 53 (1889).

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