Audubon "Birds of America"

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
 Overall Size 19.5 x 27 inches

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird – Plate Reference #47
Hummingbirds, which are found only in the New World, fascinated the Americas and Europeans of Audubon’s day. To gratify this widespread curiosity, Audubon placed ten diminutive ruby-throated hummingbirds together in this painting, probably done in Louisiana about 1825. They are, in most other circumstances, too pugnacious to associate this closely. The males are distinguished by their brilliant red throats; the young birds resemble the females in appearance. Audubon used gift paint to capture the golden color on the upper portions of the birds. The plant is a trumpet-flower, or trumpet-creeper.

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