The information in the document has been gathered from various sources on the internet and thrown together. There is nothing (or very little) truly new on the internet. I am not an expert on birds. I just hope this article helps to provide substance to my website and maybe helps with homework.
Olof Rudbeck, (1660-1740), also known as Olaus Rudbeck , was a remarkably accomplished Scandanavian Nobleman. He was a scientist, professor of medicine, a writer and a naturalist. He is mainly remembered for his contributions to the fields of human anatomy and linguistics.
However fortunately for us, he was also an accomplished botanist and ornithologist. It is in this realm that Olof Rudbeck left a legacy of impressive bird and floral illustrations for which he is best remembered.
Bird eggs vary hugely in size, like the birds themselves.
The largest egg produced in the bird kingdom is that of the ostrich egg – weighing up to 1.2kg.
The smallest egg produced in the bird kingdom is that of the hummingbird – weighing half a gram.
So ostrich eggs are 2000 times the size of hummingbird eggs!
The elephant birds of Madagascar, now extinct, laid eggs about 14 inches long with a capacity of about 2 gallons – much bigger than ostrich eggs.
The first and last set of eggs produced by chickens tend to be smaller than the others.
There are several different genera of quail, genetically different but have similiar appearance and behavior.
Quail are small birds with short tails.
Quail prefer open country and brushy borders.
In spring the hen lays about 12 roundish eggs, which the male may help incubate.
Quail eat mainly seeds and berries but also take leaves, roots, and some insects.
Their flesh is considered a delicacy, as are their eggs.
Young quail are relatively mature and mobile from the moment of hatching, so can leave the nest with their parents.
Jays are medium-sized birds in the Crow family.
Jays are very colorful and noisy, aggressive.
Jays are very successful as they can live together in groups.
There are about 35 - 40 species of Jays.
Most jays are found in the New World, but several are Eurasian.
Jays are nearly omnivorous; some are egg stealers, and many store seeds and nuts for winter use.
Jays make a twiggy, cuplike nest in a tree.
Most jays live year round in the same territory.
As a habitat jays prefer oak woodlands.
Grouse are heavily-built, similiar to chickens.
Grouse typically eat vegetation.
Grouse diet varies according to the season.
Young grouse eat more insects and invertibrates. When they get older they eat less.
To help with digesting food, some grouse eat grit to help break it down in their stomach.
Grouse have feathered nostrils.
Male grouse are polygamous.
Most grouse do not migrate but some do, migrating hundreds of kilometers.
Grouse are very prevolent in the Artic and Subartic, providing a food source for many predators.
Crows live on all cooler temperate continents except South America.
Crows are often found on islands such as Hawaii.
A group of crows is called a flock or a murder.
In the United States it is legal to hunt crows in all states usually from around August to the end of March.
There is no bag limit when taken during the "crow hunting season".