Forty-six different species of birds from all parts of the United States are included in this book. The pictures have been faithfully redrawn by Paul E. Kennedy from originals by John James Audubon (1785-1851), the most famous American painter-naturalist. The original hand-colored illustrations were first published in his classic work The Birds of America (folio edition 1827-1838; octavo edition 1840-1844).
For each species, the caption supplies the modern, common, and scientific names and the current range (by general region). No distinction is made between breeding range and winter range. Only the area of the United States, exclusive of Alaska and Hawaii, is considered. The birds shown are usually adult males when the caption does not give information on age and sex.
Audubon's original plates, numbered to correspond to the pages of the book, have been reproduced in color on the covers. If you follow them, you will not only have a great deal of coloring pleasure, but you will also learn how to identify many important birds.
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