Oology Invitation Suite
Friedrich August Ludwig Thienemann was a German physician and naturalist. He is best remembered for his work in ornithology, in particular his research involving avian reproduction, or oology. During his career, he amassed a collection of 2000 bird nests and 5000 eggs from 1200 species.
These illustrations are from his most famous work, The Reproductive History of Birds from a Standpoint of Current Science, issued in ten parts from 1845 to 1856. The eggs used in this suite are from the common tern (Sterna hirundo) and the Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea), seabirds that nest on the open beach. The eggs are cream, pale brown, or green colored and mottled with dark streaks or spots which help to camouflage them.