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The Carolina Parrot or Parrakeet (Plate #278) and the Passinger Pigeon (Plate #285), are two of John James Audubon's most beautiful prints. Unfortueately both birds are extinct. The Audubon Royal Octavo volumes, an 1856 edition from which these handcolored prints are faithfully reproduced, are themselves in danger of extinction as valuable pages are removed and sold.

Prints in two sizes of both birds will be offerd at a silent auction the first weekend in March to benefit Slow Food Charleston. For details visit http://www.slowfoodcharleston.org/events.html for details.

Carolina Parrakeet (a.k.a Carolina Parrot) Plate #278

“These birds are represented feeding on the plant commonly called the Cockle-bur. It is found much too plentifully in every State west of the Alleghanies, and in still greater profusion as you advance towards the Southern Districts. It grows in every field where the soil is good. The low alluvial lands along the Ohio and Mississippi are all supplied with it. Its growth is so measured that it ripens after the crops of grain are usually secured, and in some rich old fields it grows so exceedingly close, that to make one's way through the patches of it, at this late period, is no pleasant task. The burs stick so thickly to the clothes, as to prevent a person from walking with any kind of ease.” - J.J. Audubon, circa 1835

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Passenger Pigeon Plate #285

“The Passenger Pigeon, or, as it is usually named in America, the Wild Pigeon, moves with extreme rapidity, propelling itself by quickly repeated flaps of the wings, which it brings more or less near to the body, according to the degree of velocity which is required. Like the Domestic Pigeon, it often flies, during the love season, in a circling manner, supporting itself with both wings angularly elevated, in which position it keeps them until it is about to alight. Now and then, during these circular flights, the tips of the primary quills of each wing are made to strike against each other, producing a smart rap, which may be heard at a distance of thirty or forty yards.” - J.J. Audubon, circa 1835

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