There are over 5000 different species of songbirds around the world. For this collection of vintage free bird
Songbirds are birds whose vocal cords have developed in such a way that they are able to produce a melodic bird song. To
The songs of songbirds are used to mark territory and to attract mates. Some species of male songbirds have quite a repertoire of songs to attract females, such as the nightingale and marsh warbler.
All songbirds are classified as perching birds. With three toes that point forward and one that points backward, they can grip branches, grasses, or telephone wires with ease.
Other non-songbird species of birds such as Parrots may have songs that mark territory and attract mates but these are often just calls or simple repetitive songs. Not like those more elaborate songs of the songbirds.
There are concerns that many species of American songbirds are being wiped out due to the effects of global warming and the
How to Print The American Songbirds
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” The western meadowlark has distinctive calls described as watery or flute-like” This lovely bird with a yellow breast is one of the songbirds
A pretty little songbird with lovely blue
This American Songbird print is from the 1831 publication “The zoology of the northern parts of British America : containing descriptions of the objects of natural history collected on the late northern land expeditions under command of Captain Sir John Franklin”
An American songbird with a rather monotonous song of short disconnected phrases. This painting of the Western Tanager is from the book ” Birds of The Rockies” published in 1902.
The songbird print was from the archives of the University of Amsterdam and painted between 1825-1834.
Not to be confused with the baseball team the bird-inspired, the Baltimore Orioles. It actually got its name due to the bird’s colours resembling those of the coat of arms of Lord Baltimore. The Baltimore Oriole is the state bird of Maryland. There is a wonderful illustration of a Baltimore bird’s nest in this collection here.
The birds song is a loud flutey whistle with a buzzy feel.
The illustration is from “Camera Studies of Wild Birds in Their Homes”, by Chester Reed, 1911.
An American songbird with a song that is a
The illustration is from the book “Bright feathers; or Some North American birds of beauty. Illustrated with drawings made from nature, and carefully colored by hand” 1880.
The lovely illustration of these American songbirds is by the famous artist John Jame Audubon. From his well known ornithological book “The Birds Of America” 1840.
Thrushes may not be the most
Whenever a man hears it he is young, and Nature is in her spring; wherever he hears it, it is a new world and a free country, and the gates of Heaven are not shut against him.
This pretty print of a Wood Thrush is from the “Bird-life : a guide to the study of our common birds”, 1901 by Frank Chapman
The American Robin isn’t related to the European Robin. However, it got its name because of the red breast, like that of the European Robin. The bird actually belongs to the Thrush family. It is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
This lovely print of the American Robin is from “Bird life stories, comp. from the writings of Audubon, Bendire, Nuttall, and Wilson” (1904).
Another American songbird that has inspired the name of a baseball team. This time the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jay is native to North America and is very noisy. They are known to be beautiful, intelligent, and highly aggressive birds.
This beautiful print of a trio of Blue Jays is by John James Audubon form his famous book “Birds of America”.
The Great Kiskadee is a flycatcher. Not the greatest singers of the songbirds which means that it has escaped from being caged and kept as a pet.
It does have a loud exuberant call, BEE-tee-WEE, and the bird has an onomatopoeic name in different languages and countries: In
The White-Breasted Nuthatch is a very common small American Songbird. This particular vintage print is from the archives of the University of Amsterdam.
A very small songbird and the most common Wren in the Americas. The House Wren has a rich bubbly song that is almost exclusively heard during the nesting season.
Another lovely vintage bird print from “Bird-life : a guide to the study of our common birds” by Frank M. Chapman 1901.
There are a few more American songbird illustrations in the stunning Mark Catesby print collection.
One of my favorite songbirds is actually the blue tit and I have curated a collection of vintage blue tit prints.
I actually have a fun craft that uses these songbird illustrations in making a beautiful tin can wind chime for the garden.
If you liked these American Songbirds, check out some of these other copyright free vintage bird prints to download.