"Between Heaven and Earth: Birds in Ancient Egypt" derives from the observation by guest curator Bailleul-LeSuer, a bird enthusiast even before she chose her academic path, that the more she looked into ancient Egypt, "the more I realized birds were everywhere."
In hieroglyphics, bird symbols are common, and getting a wing or a beak just right could mean the difference between proper form and a misspelling. Some gods took the form of the falcon (Horus) or the ibis (Thoth). Birds were a key part of the life-and-death cycle: One of the words for coffin, Bailleul-LeSuer says, is the same as the word for egg" - Chicago Tribune
Field Museum and Oriental Institute launch bird exhibits