Common Murres' Incredible, Colorful Eggs

Faculty in the News: Mark Hauber, Professor Animal Biology


Common murre eggs show consistent patterns year after year. Photo by Christiana Carvalho (Hakai magazine)

Hakai Magazine (Campbell River, Canada, April 17) – Mark Hauber, an animal behavior researcher at the U. of I., has discovered that year after year a female common murre will produce an egg with a shell pattern that has an individualized, recognizable pattern that is nearly identical to her previous eggs by manipulating just two pigments. more