Audubon's Birds of America Coloring Book by John James Audubon

By John James Audubon

Including the red-winged blackbird, painted bunting, wooden duck, nice blue heron, ruby-throated hummingbird, crimson finch, and blue jay, forty six assorted species of birds from all elements of the U.S. are incorporated during this booklet. the photographs were faithfully redrawn through Paul E. Kennedy from originals via John James Aububon (1785–1851), the main well-known American painter-naturalist.
For each one species, the caption offers the fashionable universal and medical names and the present variety (by normal region). No contrast is made among breeding variety and wintry weather diversity. merely the realm of the U.S., particular of Alaska and Hawaii, is taken into account. The birds proven tend to be males while the caption doesn't supply the knowledge on age and sex.
Audubon's unique plates, numbered to correspond to the pages of the booklet, were reproduced in colour at the covers. in case you keep on with them, you won't purely have loads of coloring excitement, yet additionally, you will the way to determine many very important birds.

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