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John James Audubon
Prairie Titlark

1860

$1,500

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Prairie Titlark, Plate 150, chromolithograph, published 1860 in Julius Bien's edition of "The Birds of America" by John James Audubon.  Audubon's original edition of "The Birds of America," engraved and published in England by Robert Havel by is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever done. Audubon gives a lively description of Prairie Titlarks in "The Ornithological Biography"" "The flight of the Prairie Titlark is irregular, and performed by jerks, although greatly protracted, when the bird is pursued or frightened. At short intervals these birds plunged through the air, came towards the ground, and flew close over the prairie, as if about to alight, and again rising, made a large circuit. In this manner they continued all the time I saw them on wing. Whilst on the ground they ran briskly, vibrating their tail, whenever they stopped, and picking up the insects near them. The notes of the Prairie Titlark are clear and sharp, consisting of a number of tweets, the last greatly prolonged. The two individuals which I procured proved to be males. They seemed to be in imperfect plumage, it being then the month of October, and the crescent on their breast not being so distinctly defined at the surface, as it was deeper among the feathers. Of their mode of nestling, and other habits, I can say nothing, as I never happened to meet with another individual of the species."

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