Prairie Warbler by John James Audubon

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SKU: 14 audubon

An archival premium Quality art Print of the Prairie Warbler by John James Audubon for sale by Brandywine General Store. In this painting the artist features a pair of bright yellow songbirds setting in stalks of prairie grass with the female of the pair looking up and getting ready to get a ladybug to eat. This bird was plate or picture number 14 from the first Havell edition of the epic book Birds of America which was published by Audubon in the earlier part of the 19th century.  Sylvia Discolor - Mr. Audubon says the following about the prairie bird "This little bird has no song, at least I never heard any from it, excepting a delicate soft whirr, ejaculated whilst it stands erect on the top of some rank weed or low bush. Its nest, which forms by far the most interesting part of its history, is uncommonly small and delicate. Its eggs I have uniformly found to be four in number, and of a white colour, with a few brownish spots near the larger end. The nest is sometimes attached to three or four blades of tall grass, or hangs between two small sprigs of a slender twig. At first sight, it seems to be formed like that of the Humming-bird, the external parts being composed of delicate grey lichens and other substances, and skins of black caterpillars, and the interior finished with the finest fibres of dried vines. Two broods are reared each season. In Louisiana I found this bird amongst our cotton fields, where it easily procures the small insects and flies of which its food is entirely composed. It is also found in the prairies along the skirts of the woodlands. I have shot several within a few miles of Philadelphia, in the Jerseys, in a large opening where the woods had been cut down, and were beginning to spring up again. Audubon bird print #14

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