- "And what are you wanting a blowpipe for? Egg collecting?"...The man could hardly know that Dick was interested in birds and hated egg collectors. (Dick and Squashy Hat make a run on blowpipes at the Rio chemist's shop, PP27)
An egg collector is a person who collects eggs for permanent display. Egg collecting results in the death of any embryo inside the egg and is believed by Dick Callum and members of The Coot Club to be responsible for the destruction of many rare birds.