Audubon's Aviary: Part I of The Complete Flock

By James Tarmy - 2013-03-07T23:44:34Z

Photograph by New York Historical Society via Bloomberg

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"Great Crested Flycatcher" (1824)

"Among themselves these birds have frequent encounters, on which occasions they shew an unrelenting fierceness almost amounting to barbarity," Audubon observed. To that end, he painted a victorious male ripping the tail feathers from his defeated foe.