California Vulture by John James Audubon Art Print
An archival premium Quality Art Print of the California Vulture by Audubon for sale by Brandywine General Store. John James Audubon painted the California Vulture around 1838, this large bird was among the last that he painted for his book The Birds of America. This large vulture was plate or picture number 426 in the first Havell edition of this ornithology masterpiece.
Audubon said of this magnificent bird "Of the three species of Vultures which inhabit the southern parts of North America, this one is much superior in size and inhabits the valleys and plains of the western slopes of the continent and has not been observed eastward of the Rocky Mountains".
It is believed that the painting of this bird was not produced from nature, as it is not known to history that Audubon actually ever visited the California region. The California condor was about extinct, but has been slowly coming back, with several hundred now in existence. California Condors can have a wing span reaching over 9 feet and can weigh 23 pounds, making them the largest wild bird in North America. Years ago the few remaining California Condors that were still left were placed in protective habitat and slowly the numbers increased until finally in 2002 a pair was finally reintroduced into the wild. Audubon bird print #426