Gold-winged Woodpecker

Gold-winged Woodpecker


metal engraving/etching
By A. Wilson, engraved by G. Murray.

text from the plate

1. Picus Auratus, Gold-Winged Woodpecker

2. Emberiza Americana, Black-throated Bunting

3. Motacilla Sialis, Blue Bird

drawn from nature by A. Wilson

Engraved by G. Murray


Gold-winged Woodpecker “The food of this bird varies with the season. As the common cherries, bird cherries, and berries of the sour gum successively ripen, he regales plentifully on them, particularly on the latter; but the chief food of this species, or that which is most usually found in his stomach, is wood lice, and the young and larvae of ants, of which he is so immoderately fond, that I have frequently found his stomach distended with a mass of these and these only, as large nearly as a plumb. For the procuring of these insects nature has remarkably fitted him. The bills of Woodpeckers, in general, are straight, grooved or channelled, wedge-shaped and compressed to a thin edge at the end, that they may the easier penetrate the hardest wood; that of the Golden-winged Woodpecker is long, slightly bent, ridged only on the top, and tapering almost to a point, yet still retaining a little of the wedge form there.” Blue-bird "The pleasing manners and sociable disposition of this little bird entitle him to particular notice. As one of the first messengers of spring, bringing the charming tidings to our very doors, he bears his own recommendation always along with him, and meets with a hearty welcome from every body. Tho generally accounted a bird of passage, yet so early as the middle of February, if the weather be open, be usually makes his appearance about his old haunts, the barn, orchard and fence-posts. Storms and deep snows sometimes succeeding, he disappears for a time; but about the middle of March is again seen, accompanied by his mate, visiting the box in the garden, or the bole in the old apple-tree, the cradle of some generations of his ancestors."