Kittiwake Gull

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This is plate CCXXIV (Black-legged Kittiwake: Rissa tridactyla) from John James Audubon's book 'Birds of America'.

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This is plate CCXXIV (Black-legged Kittiwake: Rissa tridactyla) from John James Audubon's book 'Birds of America'. The gull breeds from Siberia and Baffin Island to Kamchatka and Gulf of St Lawrence; colonies may extend to tens of thousands of nesting pairs. The adult (1) is shown in front of a young bird (2). It winters south, as far as Lower California and New Jersey, when it rarely comes to land so is likely only to be seen off-shore. In his Orithological Biography, Audubon states that these birds were drawn in Boston; the original painting probably dates from the Spring of 1833. Engraved by Robert Havell (London, 1834) J Whatman paper, Turkey Mill, watermark 1834.

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1834

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Production place

» London

Object number

1962.190.22

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