Audubon Collection: Townsend's Warbler, Arctic Blue-bird, Western Blue-bird

Townsend's Warbler, Arctic Bluebird, Western Bluebird

Plate 186

Townsend's Warbler

Arctic Bluebird

Western Bluebird

In Havell's engraving of this painting, five of these birds appear in Plate CCCXCIII, and six appear in Plate CCCXCV. Audubon, assisted by his son John, painted all the birds from skins collected by Dr.
Townsend in the West. Moving clockwise from the topmost bird, a male Townsend's warbler, the species are male and a young Audubon's warbler (numbers 10 and 11), a female and male mountain bluebird (4 and 3), a male and a female waster bluebird (1 and 2), two male black-throated gray warblers (6 and 5), and a male and female hermit Warbler (7 and 8). The painting was probably done in winter 1836-37 in Charleston, South Carolina. Maria Martin drew the branch of a strawberry-shrub.

Source: The Original Water-Color Paintings by John James Audubon. Copyright 1966 by American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc.

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