Little Screech Owl by John James Audubon art print

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SKU: 97 audubon

An archival premium Quality art Print of The Little Screech Owl by John James Audubon for sale by Brandywine General Store. The artist features an adult and two young specimens in a Jersey Pine for his ornithology book, The Birds of America which was published during the decades of the 1820s and 1830s. The Little Screech Owl was plate number or picture # 97 in the first Havell edition and shows a trio of these small owls setting in a branch of an evergreen branch. Audubon says the following about the Little Screech Owls "This Owl, although found in the Southern States, is there very rare. During a long residence in Louisiana, I have not met with more than two individuals. On advancing towards the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi, we find them becoming rather more numerous; above the Falls of the former they increase in number; and as the traveller advances towards the sources of that noble river, their mournful notes are heard in every quarter during mild and serene nights. In Virginia, Maryland, and all the Eastern Districts, the bird is plentiful, particularly during the autumnal and winter months, and is there well known under the name of the Screech Owl. You are presented, kind reader, with three figures of this species, the better to shew you the differences which exist between the young and the full-grown bird. The little fellow is generally found about farm-houses, orchards, and gardens. It alights on the roof, the fence or the garden gate, and utters its mournful ditty at intervals for hours at a time, as if it were in a state of great suffering, although this is far from being the case, the song of all birds being an indication of content and happiness. In a state of confinement, it continues to utter its notes with as much satisfaction as if at liberty. They are chiefly heard during the latter part of winter, that being the season of love, when the male bird is particularly attentive to the fair one which excites his tender emotions, and around which he flies and struts much in the manner of the Common Pigeon, adding numerous nods and bows, the sight of which is very amusing. The branch on which you see three individuals of this species, an adult bird and two young ones, is that of the Jersey Pine (Pinus inops), a tree of moderate height and diameter, and of a scrubby appearance. The stem is generally crooked, and the wood is not considered of great utility. It grows in large groves in the state from which it has derived its name, and is now mostly used for fuel on board our steam-vessels. The Mottled Owl is often observed perched on its branches...." Audubon bird print #97

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