Monday, November 29, 2010

Fish Crow from "The Birds of America"

Fish Crow from The Birds of AmericaThe Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) is a typical crow in appearance associated with wetland habitats.

The Fish Crow is similar to the American Crow but is smaller and has a smoother plumage. The upperparts have a blue or blue-green sheen, while the underparts have a more greenish tint to the black. The eyes are dark brown. The differences are often only apparent between the two when side by side or, when heard calling.
The call of the Fish Crow has been described as a nasal "ark-ark-ark" or a "waw-waw". The two species are often distinguish in areas where their range overlaps with the mnemonic aid "Just ask him if he is an American Crow. If he says "no", he is a Fish Crow." referring to the most common call of the American Crow being a distinct "caw caw", while that of the Fish Crow is a nasal "nyuh unh"

The species occurs on the eastern seaboard of the United States from the state of Rhode Island south to Key West, and west along the northern coastline of the Gulf of Mexico

Fish Crow from "The Birds of America" by John James Audubon, containing paintings and scientific descriptions of a wide variety of birds of the United States. first published as a series of sections between 1827 and 1838, it consists of hand-colored, life-size prints.

Often regarded as the greatest picture book ever produced. A copy sold at Christie's in March of 2000 for $8,802,500, which is still a world record for any printed book.

All 435 of John James Audubon's watercolors for Birds of America are at the New York Historical Society. There are 119 complete copies of the Double Elephant Folio in existence today.This image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.

This applies to the United States, where Works published prior to 1978 were copyright protected for a maximum of 75 years. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" PDF . Works published before 1923 (in this case 1827 to 1838.) are now in the public domain. and also in countries that figure copyright from the date of death of the artist (post mortem auctoris) in this case (John James Audubon April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851) and that most commonly run for a period of 50 to 70 years from that date.

Attribution: John James Audubon [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Fish Crow From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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