Mountain Mockingbird and Varied Thrush by John James Audubon

Brandywine General Store

SKU: 369 audubon

An archival premium Quality art Print of the Mountain Mockingbird and Varied Thrush by John James Audubon for sale by Brandywine General Store. In this ornithology painting, the artist shows a male mockingbird setting at the top of the picture while a male and female specimen are shown of the Varied Thrush. The Mountain Mockingbird is a plain looking bird and oddly shaped with long legs or shanks, with coloring mostly brown and white. The Varied Thrush are a much more beautiful bird with colors of orange, black and browns and interesting colorful patterns on its wings. All three of these birds are setting in a Mistletoe Plant which is full of white berries and no doubt the attraction for this trio of birds. These birds were plate of picture number 369 in the 1st Havell edition of Birds of America. Orpheus Montanus, Turdus Montanus - Mr Audubon describes the Mountain Mockingbird and Varied Thrush in Birds of America thus: This interesting and hitherto unfigured species was procured on the Rocky Mountains by Mr. TOWNSEND, who forwarded a single specimen to Philadelphia, where I made a drawing of it. The following notice by Mr. NUTTALL shews that it is nearly allied in its habits to the Mocking-bird. "On the arid plains of the central table-land, betwixt the northern sources of the Platte and the Colorado of the West, in the month of June, we frequently heard the cheering song of this delightful species, whose notes considerably resemble those of the Brown Thrush, with some of the imitative powers of the Mocking-bird. For a great part of the day, and especially early and late, its song resounds through the desert plains, as it warbles to its mate from some tall weed or bush of wormwood, and continues with little interruption nearly for an hour at a time. Audubon bird print #369


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