Author: Christina Gebhard

Christina Gebhard

Christina Gebhard is a Museum Specialist in the Division of Birds at the National Museum of Natural History. She helps manage the third largest Ornithological research collections in the world. She began her collections management and specimen preparation career while still in college at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington. Her expedition experience has taken her to Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. She holds a BA in Zoology and a BFA in Metal Design from the University of Washington.

Each species of tinamou—a nearly-flightless bird from South and Central America—lays a different color of glossy egg. The males build the nest and incubate the eggs, while the females nest-hop, laying eggs in multiple nests. Visit our #ObjectsofWonder exhibit to see the eggs of tinamous and other bird species (Photo Credit: Paul Fetters for the Smithsonian).