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1850s Hand Colored Stone Lithographs of Birds of the West

Swainson's Hawk

This is one of the three Swainson's Hawks we offer, also known by its scientific name Buteo Swainsoni. On the upper margin of the print it says "U.S.P.R.R. Exp. & Surveys ---38th, 39th, 41st Parallels" and "Birds --- Plate XII."

The description of this bird by S. F. Baird in the 1859 Report on the Railroad Expedition and Survey is enthusiastic about the discovery of this species:

There are few results of any of the expeditions more interesting than the discovery by Captain Beckwith's party that this hawk was abundant in the Rocky mountains. The species first figured and described by Richardson and Swainson as the common buzzard of Europe had been variously identified by American authors, but most agreed in supposing it to be the young bird of the western red-tailed hawk, now known as Buteo montanus."

Below is the lithograph as it will come to you matted and in a protective clear plastic sleeve.

Price: $75

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