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INDIAN KEY
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ROSEATE
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GRAY
KINGBIRD


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LOUISIANA
HERON


SANDY KEY


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ZENAIDA
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WHITE
CROWNED
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SPOONBILL


GREAT
WHITE
HERON


GREAT
BLUE
HERON


KEY WEST
DOVE


FLAMINGOS


BLUE-
HEADED
QUAIL DOVE


FRIGATE BIRD


BROWN
PELICAN


MANGROVE
CUCKOO


TORTUGAS


SOOTY
TERN


BLACK
HEADED GULL


BROWN
NODDY


CAYENNE
TERN


BROWN
BOOBY


SANDWICH
TERN


NIGHT
HERON


GREENSHANK


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John Audubon arrives at Indian Key
and observes the White-crowned Pigeon

 

map of Florida Keys and Key West

During April 1832 - Audubon visits mangrove islands, Sandy Key, and Cape Sable.

Audubon first saw the White-Headed Pigeon, on Bahia-honda Duck Key.

The White-crowned Pigeon was painted by Audubon on Indian Key in April 1832. His assistant, Lehman did the foliage.


 White-crowned Pigeon - ( White-Headed Pigeon)

Audubon painting of White-crowned Pigeon 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  
 

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The White Crowned Pigeons in the image above sit upon a bough of a Geiger tree. Audubon's assistant, George Lehman painted the Geiger tree also known as a Cordia tree, a tropical plant named for Key West resident, John H. Geiger.

 Part of what Audubon writes in his Ornithological Biography, Volume. II, pages 443-447, and 448 appear below:

"The White-headed Pigeon arrives on the Southern keys of the Floridas, from the island of Cuba about the 20th of April, sometimes not until the 1st of May, for the purpose of residing there for a season, and rearing its young. On the 30th of April, I shot several immediately after their arrival from across the Gulf Stream. "
. . .

"By the first of May, the young squabs are nearly able to fly, and it is this period that the greatest havoc is made among them. The fishermen and the wreckers visit the keys principally resorted to by this species, rifle all the nests they can find, and sometimes also shoot the older birds." ( Considering the adult birds arrival date the squabs more likely to near the flying stage in June or July. )

"The key on which I first saw this bird, lies about twenty-five miles ( more like fifty ) south of Indian Key, and is named Bahia-honda Duck Key"

Audubon wrote

"The Rough-leaved Cordia

This plant, on account of its large tubular scarlet flowers, is one of the most beautiful of the West Indian trees. I saw only two individuals at Key west, where we supposed, they had been introduced from Cuba. They were about fifteen feet high, the stem having a diameter of only five or six inches. They were in full bloom in the early part of may, and their broad deep green leaves, and splendid red blossoms, mingled with the variety of plants around me, rendered their appearance delightful. Both trees were on private property, and grew in a yard opposite to that of Dr. Strobel, through whose influence I procured a large bough, from which the drawing was made, with assistance of Mr. Lehman. I was informed that they continue to flower nearly the whole summer."

 

  


Additional information about the white-crowned pigeon may be found by following the link below to the Florida Breeding Bird Atlas. The Atlas, a collaborative effort of Audubon of Florida, the Florida Ornithological Society, and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission provides information of general status, habitat, and status of  breeding species in Florida.

http://wildflorida.org/bba/WCPI.htm

 

Additional information about the white crowned pigeon may be found by following this link to eNature.com

 

 


 

 


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