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The Beautiful Art of "England's Audubon" - John Gould

"English ornithologist John Gould (1804 – 1881) produced beautifully detailed lithographs of finches that were crucial to Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. Gould, who studied birds and taxidermy, was hired by London’s Zoological Society to maintain their ornithological collections. Dubbed “England’s Audubon,” he published over 3,300 color plates of birds that were vital to studies in Australia, Europe, New Guinea and Asia. When he died, Gould left behind unsold works weighing almost three tons."--description from

If you enjoyed the selection of 16 art prints below; scroll back up and see more of this beautiful bird related art here: The Art of John Gould

The Birds of Great Britain, Published 1862-1873 

Spathura Solstitialis 

Bonaparte's Star Fronted Hummingbird 

Celebean Pitta 

Port-Moresby Racket-Tailed Kingfisher 

Duchess of Leuchtenberg's Aracari 

Chestnut Billed Groove Bill 

The Stuff of Dreams - Books for Birding Exotic Locales

Here is a list of books to promote the stuff of dreams for a birding enthusiast...
Each book has a description, a cover image, and a title that is linked to the print edition of the book.
A Birdwatchers' Guide to Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the Caymans (Prion Birdwatchers' Guide Series) 
By Guy M. Kirwan, Arturo Kirkconnell, Mike Flieg
This guide covers the Greater Antilles, which comprises five groups of islands and six countries. From Cuba, with about 360 species, to the Cayman Islands with just over 220 species, the Greater Antilles have recorded just over 550 species and this total contains more than 100 single island endemics and many more restricted range species making these islands a very attractive proposition to the visiting birder. The site accounts have details of location, birding strategy, accommodation and, of course, the birds. More than 80 sites are detailed, many with accompanying maps. A full species lists shows exactly what has been seen in each …