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16th October 2012

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Detail of Plate 65 of The Birds of America by John Audubon, the Rathbone Warbler, more commonly called the Yellow Warbler today. This is one of the few birds in Audubon’s catalog that the painters at Havell got really wrong. They often didn’t use intense enough color, but most of those errors were by degree. Here it’s by an order of magnitude. The real Yellow Warbler is much more intensely colored. We can see be fairly sure that this isn’t the result of fading because the flowers have bright yellow in them that would have been more appropriated for the body of the bird, if still a bit too subdued. 

Detail of Plate 65 of The Birds of America by John Audubon, the Rathbone Warbler, more commonly called the Yellow Warbler today. This is one of the few birds in Audubon’s catalog that the painters at Havell got really wrong. They often didn’t use intense enough color, but most of those errors were by degree. Here it’s by an order of magnitude. The real Yellow Warbler is much more intensely colored. We can see be fairly sure that this isn’t the result of fading because the flowers have bright yellow in them that would have been more appropriated for the body of the bird, if still a bit too subdued. 

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