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Detail of Plate 21 of The Birds of America by John Audubon, the mockingbird. This plate shows a group of Mockingbirds defending their nest against a rattlesnake looking for its morning omelette. This is Audubon verging on melodrama. As the snake menaces the female with bared fangs, the male jumps on its back and pulls at its eye.
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Plate 21 of The Birds of America by John Audubon, the Mocking Bird. This is about as dramatic as Audubon gets, a group of Mockingbirds defending a next against a rattlesnake, with one actually pecking at its eye.
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Detail of Plate 369 of The Birds of America, the Mountain Mocking Bird.