FACTFILE... on large and small eggs
The largest egg in the world is said to be a 1 -inch or
cm tall specimen laid by a Great Elephant Bird in Madagascar almost 400 years ago.
The egg, which was sold in 2009 at an antiques fair in London, is bigger than a rugby ball and measures more than
ft round its circumference.
The flightless Great Elephant Birds, which were 10ft and weighed a half a tonne, were wiped out by hunters in the mid-1600s.
Last month, Peak District farmer Harry Evans claimed that his hen “Big Bird” had laid the world’s smallest egg.
Barely bigger than a 5p coin, it measured just 0.9 inches or 2.5cm long, has a diameter of 0.79 inches or 2cm through its widest part and weighs 0.26oz or 7. g.