EGG PRICES

In 1922, R. Magoon Barnes published The American Oologists' Exchange Price List of North American Bird's Eggs. The Oologist, in 1922 was quite different from today's scientific journals. The publisher describes the journal as "...not too scientific not to be popular in style and not too popular not to be scientific in accuracy. Its columns teem with advertisements of Bird Skins, Nests and Eggs as well as Living Specimens. It is of the greatest assistance to those who desire to sell or exchange specimens, and its advertising columns are consulted by nearly all the large museums and leading collectors in the world." Although egg collecting without the proper permits is now illegal, collecting was a popular naturalist activity earlier this century.

The following is a list of some of eggs listed in the 1922 Exchange Price List. We have images of most of these eggs in our Eggs of Alberta section. So, if you are curious to see what the most expensive eggs look like, check them out!

Western Grebe $0.40                 Burrowing Owl $0.40
Horned Grebe $0.35 Black-billed Cuckoo $0.40
Eared Grebe $0.20 Belted Kingfisher $0.40
Pied-billed Grebe $0.15 Hairy Woodpecker $0.90
Common Loon $3.90 Downy Woodpecker $0.75
Pacific Loon $5.50 Red-naped Sapsucker $1.25
Red-throated Loon $3.25 Pileated Woodpecker $7.50
Parasitic Jaeger $0.60 Northern Flicker $0.10
Glaucous Gull $4.10 Black Swift $75.00
Western Gull $0.45 Ruby-throated Hummingbird $1.25
Herring Gull $0.40 Rufous Hummingbird $1.50
California Gull $0.45 Calliope Hummingbird $3.00
Ring-billed Gull $0.55 Say's Phoebe $0.25
Mew Gull $0.40 Olive-sided Flycatcher $2.50
Bonaparte's Gull $9.50 Western Wood-Pewee $0.30
Sabine's Gull $7.00 Hammond's Flycatcher $2.25
Caspian Tern $0.65 Horned Lark $3.00
Forster's Tern $0.20 Black-billed Magpie $0.30
Common Tern $0.15 Blue Jay $0.15
Arctic Tern $0.45 Steller's Jay $1.85
Black Tern $0.20 Gray Jay $20.00
Laysan Albatross $10.50 American Crow $0.15
Leach's Storm Petrel $0.35 Clark's Nutcracker $25.00
Blue-footed Booby $4.25 European Starling $0.25
Double-crested Cormorant $0.40 Brown-headed Cowbird $0.10
American White Pelican $0.65 Red-winged Blackbird $0.10
Red-breasted Merganser $1.25 Western Meadowlark $0.20
Mallard $0.40 Northern Oriole $0.25
Gadwall $0.75 Rusty Blackbird $3.00
Green-winged Teal $1.50 Brewer's Blackbird $0.10
Cinnamon Teal $0.45 Evening Grosbeak $35.00
Wood Duck $3.00 Pine Grosbeak $15.00
Canvasback $1.00 Purple Finch $0.75
Goldeneye $1.00 House Finch $0.10
Bufflehead $8.00 White-winged Crossbill $25.00
Oldsquaw $1.65 Hoary Redpoll $5.00
Harlequin Duck $3.50 Pine Siskin $1.80
White-winged Scoter $2.50 Snow Bunting $3.00
Ruddy Duck $0.60 McCown's Longspur $1.50
Snow Goose $12.00 Savannah Sparrow $0.35
Greater Snow Goose $25.00 Baird's Sparrow $4.00
White-fronted Goose $4.00 Grasshopper Sparrow $0.75
Canada Goose $2.00 Le Conte's Sparrow $4.50
Trumpeter Swan $50.00 White-crowned Sparrow $1.00
White Ibis $0.45 Chipping Sparrow $0.10
American Bittern $1.25 Clay-colored Sparrow $0.60
Great Blue Heron $0.70 Brewer's Sparrow $1.00
Black-crowned Night-Heron $0.20 Song Sparrow $0.10
Whooping Crane $45.00 Swamp Sparrow $0.30
Sandhill Crane $12.00 Fox Sparrow $5.00
Limpkin $5.00 Rose-breasted Grosbeak $0.25
Virginia Rail $0.25 Lazuli Bunting $0.20
Sora $0.15 Lark Bunting $0.30
Yellow Rail $17.00 Western Tanager $1.25
American Coot $0.15 Purple Martin $0.40
Red Phalarope $5.00 Cliff Swallow $0.10
Wilson's Phalarope $1.24 Barn Swallow $0.10
American Avocet $0.50 Bohemian Waxwing $25.00
Black-necked Stilt $0.40 Cedar Waxwing $0.35
Long-billed Dowitcher $10.00 Northern Shrike $4.00
Baird's Sandpiper $15.00 Loggerhead Shrike $0.20
Semipalmated Sandpiper $11.00 Red-eyed Vireo $0.20
Marbled Godwit $15.00 Warbling Vireo $0.50
Greater Yellowlegs $16.50 Nashville Warbler $2.25
Solitary Sandpiper $15.00 Orange-crowned Warbler $8.00
Willet $2.00 Tennessee Warbler $8.00
Spotted Sandpiper $0.20 Cape May Warbler $25.00
Long-billed Curlew $5.00 Yellow Warbler $0.10
Black-bellied Plover $16.50 Magnolia Warbler $0.75
Killdeer $0.30 Blackpoll Warbler $2.50
Semipalmated Plover $3.00 Blackburnian Warbler $7.50
Mountain Plover $4.00 Ovenbird $0.40
Ruddy Turnstone $15.00 Connecticut Warbler $30.00
Mexican Jacana $7.50 Mourning Warbler $5.00
California Quail $0.20 MacGillivray's Warbler $2.25
Ruffed Grouse $1.00 Yellow-breasted Chat $0.15
Willow Ptarmigan $3.50 Wilson's Warbler $10.00
White-tailed Ptarmigan $17.50 Sprague's Pipit $6.00
Sharp-tailed Grouse $3.00 Sage Thrasher $1.00
Wild Turkey $10.00 Catbird $0.10
Mourning Dove $0.10 Rock Wren $0.75
Turkey Vulture $1.75 House Wren $0.15
Sharp-shinned Hawk $4.50 Winter Wren $5.00
Cooper's Hawk $0.45 Brown Creeper $6.00
Red-tailed Hawk $1.00 White-breasted Nuthatch $1.00
Swainson's Hawk $0.85 Red-breasted Nuthatch $1.50
Rough-legged Hawk $6.00 Mountain Chickadee $0.75
Golden Eagle $20.00 Golden-crowned Kinglet $6.50
Bald Eagle $10.00 Townsend's Solitaire $4.25
Peregrine Falcon $3.50 Hermit Thrush $1.00
American Kestrel $0.50 American Robin $0.10
Osprey $1.50 Varied Thrush $3.25
Barred Owl $1.75 Western Bluebird $0.15
Spotted Owl $20.00 Mountain Bluebird $0.40
Great Gray Owl $25.00
Great Horned Owl $2.00
Snowy Owl $8.00

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