[J. J. Audubon], [1880-1884]. First Edition. Print. Item #217966
Modern name Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Empidonax flaviventris. Native to the northeastern United States. Original handcolored lithograph (plate 490) from the first royal octavo edition of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America. (New York, 1840-44). Printed and colored by J. T. Bowen. 'This species was first observed in the spring of 1840, near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. During every succeeding spring since, it has been seen in greater or leas numbers, and several specimens procured each year. Its habits are much like those of the other species of this genus; it frequents low thickets near small streams, is seldom found in large woods like T. acadica, or T. virens, and is a very unsuspicious bird, allowing persons to approach within a short distance. It probably goes farther north than Pennsylvania to breed, having never been observed after the latter part of May or beginning of June.'—John James Audubon. Light spotting to print, thus near fine. Matted and framed.