8 Natural Bird Eggs That Are More Spectacular Than Dyed

These eggs are more beautiful than anything you could find at the store.

Handmade dyed Easter eggs come in all colors and patterns -  from brilliant blues to cheerful polkadots to sparkling golds. But while these creations are beautiful, they are nothing compared to the spectacular eggs made by our feathered friends every year.

Take a look at some of the most amazing eggs that birds produce year-after-year.

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American Robin

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Robin's eggs are such a beautiful shade that they actually have a color named after them. Jamie A McDonald/Getty Image

The American Robin is probably the most well known bird on this list. These harbingers of spring are equally famous for their gorgeous baby blue eggs. In fact, the blue of their eggs is so unique, it has inspired its own color shade - "Robin's Egg Blue."

American robins are one of the first birds to nest each year, typically laying three to five eggs per clutch (all of the eggs produced by a bird in a single setting.)

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Cetti Warbler

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The eggs of the Cetti Warbler may be small but they are easy to see thanks to their brilliant copper color. WikiCommons

You would never know from looking at the Cetti Warbler that her eggs would be so brilliantly colored. This small, drab bird lives in bushes and can be found throughout parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Cetti warblers are often hard to spot because of their camouflaged appearance and habit of hiding amongst the bushes. But they stand out thanks to their songs - which are loud and distinct - and their eggs.

Though small, these eggs are easy to find if you're looking for them thanks to their rich copper coloring. 

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Emu

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Talk about a handful! Emu eggs can weight up to two pounds. Daniel J Cox/Getty Images

Emu eggs are not only gorgeous in color, but also in texture. These flightless birds from Australia lay eggs that come in at a whopping five inches long and two pounds in weight.

Emu eggs are a greenish blue with a texture that has been likened to that of Damascus steel. Emus breed throughout May and June with females mating several times each day. Female emus can lay several clutches of eggs each season.

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Great Tinamou

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The Great Tinamou lays these beautiful eggs at the base of a tree. National Science Foundation

The Great Tinamou - a ground dwelling bird native to Central and South America - looks similar in size and shape to a small turkey. These birds - also called mountain hens - go to great length to stay camouflaged within the lower canopy of the rainforest

During mating season, from mid-winter to mid-summer, female great tinamous will mate with a male and then lay as many as four eggs. Then it's up to the male to incubate those eggs for the next three weeks until they hatch. Once the eggs have hatched, he's off to find another female. Meanwhile, the females may produce clutches with as many as five or six males per season. These birds sure do get around!

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Peregrine Falcon

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The peregrine falcon's eggs blend into the cliffs on which they are laid. Wayne Lynch

The peregrine falcon is a bird with a need for speed. These beautiful fliers can average 25-34 mph in ordinary flight and max out around 70 mph when they are chasing their prey. But their real speed comes during the dive, when peregrines can reach speeds of up to 200 mph.

Peregrine falcons are found throughout the world - on every continent except Antarctica. They tend to breed in open areas, making their nests on cliffs (or skyscrapers.) 

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Golden Plover

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Hidden among grass and lichens, the eggs of the golden plover are perfectly camouflaged. Danita Delimont/Getty Images

The eggs of the American Golden Plover may not be as bright or richly colored as those of some of the other birds on this list. But their amazing patterns of camouflage make them beautiful in any book.

Golden plovers are shorebirds that summer in the Arctic of Alaska while wintering in the grasslands of South America. It is in these grasslands that the plovers mate and raise their young.

Golden plover nests are usually just scraped into the ground and lined with lichens, dry grass, and leaves. Female golden plovers may lay as many as four eggs per clutch.

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Common Murre

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the long-point shape of the murre eggs are designed to keep them from rolling away without a nest. Yvete Cardoza/Getty Images

The Common Murre is a penguin-like waterbird that makes its home in the northern regions of North America. These birds nest along rocky cliffs and spend their winters out at sea.

The egg of the common murre is remarkable for two reasons - its shape and its unique color variations. Bird experts - or ornithologists - think that the common murre egg is pointed on one end to prevent it from rolling off of the cliff while its parents are away. They also think that the eggs' unique patterns make it possible for adult murres to recognize their own eggs when they return home from sea.

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Red-Winged Blackbird

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Red-winged blackbird eggs are different depending upon the altitude at which they are laid. Wayne Lynch/Getty Images

Red-winged blackbirds are commonly-found, sparrow-sized songbirds known for their bold black, red, and yellow feather pattern. Despite their polygamous nature (tendency to breed with many mates,) male red-winged blackbirds are notoriously territorial. They fiercely defend their nests from other birds as well as other potential intruders such as horses, dogs, or even humans.

Female red-winged blackbirds make their nests by weaving plants stems and leaves to make a platform of vegetation upon which she lays leaves, decayed wood, mud, and dried grasses until the nest forms a cup shape.  Females generally lay two to four eggs per clutch.