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John Audubon paints the Mangrove Hummingbird

 

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After leaving the Keys, Audubon painted the Mangrove Hummingbird sometime after July of 1832.


 Mangrove Hummingbird (Black-throated Mango)

Audubon painting of the Mango Hummingbird from Birds of America
Above image from Historical Museum of Southern Florida - Audubon images at the Historical Museum website were produced from prints of an original Elephant Folio belonging to the museum. http://www.historical-museum.org/collect/audubon/audubon.htm) See Audubon House  

 

 

Audubon's observed three male humming birds sent by Dr. Strobel to John Bachman to do this painting Bachman forwarded the humming birds to Audubon along with several female skins and painting of a trumpet-creeper done by Maria Martin.

 

"I am indebted to my friend the reverend John Bachman for this species of Humming Bird, 0f which he received a specimen from our mutual friend Dr. Strobel, and afterwards presented it to me.

"Hitherto" says he, ' it has been supposed that only one species of Humming Bird ever visits the United States. ( the Trochilus Colubris) Although this is a genus of upwards of a hundred species, all of which are peculiar to the continent of America and the adjoining islands, yet with few exceptions they are confined to the tropics."

"It affords me great pleasure to introduce to the lovers of Natural History a second species of Humming Bird as an inhabitant of the United States. The specimen which is now in my possession, was obtained by Dr. Strobel at Key West in East Florida. He informed me that he had succeeded in capturing it from a bush where he had found it seated, apparently wearied after its long flight across the Gulf of Mexico, probably from some of the West India Islands, or the coast of South America. Whether this species is numerous in any part of Florida, I have no means of ascertaining"

"The female figures introduced in this plate were taken from a specimen procured at Charleston; but whether it had been found in the United States or not, could not be ascertained."

 

The AOU (American Ornithological Union ) has not accepted Dr. Strobel's sighting as a North American record.

 

 
 
 

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