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AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851). Plate 69, Townsend's Ptiliogonys

AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851). Plate 69, Townsend's Ptiliogonys


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Hand-colored lithograph by Ralph Trembly for the firm of J.T. Bowen after John James Audubon (1785 - 1851)

From Vol. 1 of the first octavo edition of the The Birds of America, From Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories. New York: J. J. Audubon; Philadelphia: J. B. Chevalier, 1839 - 1840.

Paper dimensions: approximately 10 x 6 ½ inches

Octavo part number: 14

Current name: Townsend's Solitaire, Myadestes townsendi

Corresponding Havell edition plate number: 419.2, Ptiliogony's, Townsendi, Canada Jay, Little Tawny Thrush

Included in this composition is hawthorn.

Audubon described Townsend's Ptilogonys as follows:

"The only individual of this species that I have ever seen is a female, which was shot near the Columbia river, and kindly transmitted to me by my friend Mr. TOWNSEND, after whom, not finding any description of it, I have named it. The genus, which was instituted by Mr. SWAINSON, is very remarkable, combining, as it appears to me, the characters of some of the Flycatchers and Thrushes. 

TOWNSEND's PTILOGONYS, Ptilogonys Townsendi, Aud. Orn. Biog., vol. v. p. 206. 

General colour dull brownish-grey; quills and coverts dusky brown; edge of wing dull white; basal part of primaries pale yellow, of secondaries ochre-yellow; edges of all the quills dull greyish-white; secondaries with a faint patch of light brownish-grey on the outer web toward the end; middle tail-feathers greyish-brown, the rest blackish-brown, the outer with an oblique white space, including, from the tip, a considerable portion of the inner web, and more than two-thirds of the outer; the next with a white patch at the end; lower parts paler than the upper; lower tail and wing-coverts broadly tipped with dull white, some of the inner wing-coverts white.

Female, 8 1/4, wing, 4 1/2. 

Columbia river."

From: AUDUBON, John James: The Birds of America, From Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories; New York and Philadelphia: J. J. Audubon and J. B. Chevalier, 1840 - 1844.



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