Purple Finch by John James Audubon art print

Brandywine General Store

SKU: 04 audubon

An archival premium quality art print of the Purple Finch by John James Audubon for sale by Brandywine General Store. This artwork was the 4th plate in Audubon's epic volume of Birds of North America published in the 19th century. The purple finch is the state bird of New Hampshire. The small colorful birds are shown in a red larch tree branch full of small pine cones. Erythrospiza Purpurea - Audubon says the following of the Purple Finch " From the beginning of November until April, flocks of the Purple Finch, consisting of from six to twenty individuals, are seen throughout the whole of Louisiana and the adjoining States. They fly compactly, with an undulating motion, similar to that of the Common Greenfinch of Europe. They alight all at once, and after a moment of rest, and as if frightened, all take to wing again, make a circuit of no great extent, and return to the tree from which they had thus started, or settle upon one near it. Immediately after this, every individual is seen making its way toward the extremities of the branches, husking the buds with great tact, and eating their internal portion. In doing this, they hang like so many Titmice, or stretch out their necks to reach the buds below. Although they are quite friendly among themselves during their flight, or while sitting without looking after food, yet, when they are feeding, the moment one goes near another, it is strenuously warned to keep off by certain unequivocal marks of displeasure, such as the erection of the feathers of the head and the opening of the mouth. I shot at them and brought down two. The song of the Purple Finch is sweet and continued, and I have enjoyed it much during the spring and summer months, in the mountainous parts of Pennsylvania, where it occasionally breeds, particularly about the Great Pine Forest, where, although I did not find any nests,. " Audubon paints this bird in the Red Larch Tree, a species of larch, which is distinguished by its short, deciduous, fasciculate leaves, and short ovate cones, occurs in the more northern parts of the United States, and in the mountainous regions of the middle states. It attains a height of sixty feet, and a diameter sometimes of two feet. The wood is highly esteemed on account of its excellent qualities. Audubon bird print #04

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