Prothonotary Warbler Fine Art Bird Print by John James Audubon

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An archival premium quality art print of the Prothonotary Warbler by John James Audubon for his ornithology masterpiece, The Birds of America for sale by Brandywine General Store. This small songbird was plate or picture number 03 in the Havell first edition of this book. The name of this small yellow bird refers to Catholic notaries privileged to wear golden hoods. This migratory songbird nests in cavities—of over 50 warblers in North America, only Lucy's Warbler shares this behavior. The picture shows two small yellow warblers flying around in a cane vine. Sylvia Protonotarius - Mr. Audubon says of the Prothonotary Warbler "I never saw this pretty bird in any of our eastern districts, and rarely farther up the Ohio than Louisville, in the neighbourhood of which place it rears its young. Louisiana seems in fact better suited to its habits than any other state, on account of its numerous lakes, creeks and lagoons, over-shadowed by large trees, which are favourite places of resort for this species. It is fond of flying over the waters of these creeks and lagoons, and is seldom seen in the interior of the woods. Its flight is rapid, and more steady than is usual in birds of its genus; and as it moves along, the brightness of its colours attracts the eye. On alighting, it moves rapidly along the twigs, partly sidewise, frequently turning about and extending its neck to look under the leaves, from which it picks various kinds of insects. It often perches upon the rank grasses and water plants, in quest of minute molluscous animals which creep upon them, and which, together with small land snails, I have found in its stomach. It does not, perform sorties, or sally forth after flying insects, as many other Warblers are in the habit of doing. It has a few notes for its song, which possess no interest. The males, when chasing each other, keep up a creaking noise, until the little battle is over, when they perch and balance their body with much grace and liveliness...". Audubon bird print #03

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