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Belted Kingfisher & Warblers

Belted Kingfisher and Warblers
from American Ornithology
by Alexander Wilson
Alexander Wilson

1766-1813

Alexander Wilson has been called the "father of American ornithology." The scientific research and accuracy of description which underlay his nine-volume American Ornithology made all earlier books on ornithology obsolete. His paintings were typical of the early 19th century in that they were fixed, stiff portraits of birds, usually in profile, with little background and with several unrelated species crowded together on a page. While his individual birds lacked the action and splendor of Audubon's work, Wilson's unity of text and paintings created a rare and lasting catalog of the birds of America.

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