Beautiful Images Of American Songbirds To Download

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Free Vintage American Songbirds Prints

There are over 5000 different species of songbirds around the world. For this collection of vintage free bird downloads I will just focus on some of the most popular American Songbirds.

Songbirds are birds whose vocal cords have developed in such a way that they are able to produce a melodic bird song. To me the sound of songbirds is the sound of spring. The early morning “dawn chorus” as the weather begins to warm.

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 missuse of banned pesticides. There is actually a book about this called “The Silence of the Songbirds” by the Canadian biologist Bridget Stutchbury

The U.S. postal service bought out a collection of American songbirds stamps in 2016 to celebrate ten of the most melodic voices.

American Songbirds prints

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THE AMERICAN SONGBIRDS

1. The Western Medowlark

” The western meadowlark has distinctive calls described as watery or flute-like” This lovely bird with a yellow breast is one of the songbirds imortalised in the US postal servies special issue of stamps. This is not surprising as the bird is the state bird for seven US states, Montana, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, and Wyoming. 

This particular illustration along with many other American Songbirds is from the “The birds of California: a complete, scientific and popular account of the 580 species and subspecies of birds found in the state” published in 1923.

Western Medowlark print

2. Mountain Bluebird – American Songbirds

A pretty little songbird with lovely blue colouring. It is the sate bird of Nevada and Idaho. The Mountain Bluebirds song is a warbled high “chur chur”.

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”

Mountain bluebird

3. Western Tanager

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.

Western Tanager American Songbirds

4. The Painted Bunting American Songbird

“The male painted bunting is often described as the most beautiful bird in North America and as such has been nicknamed nonpareil, or “without equal”.

The songbird print was from the archives of the University of Amsterdam and painted between 1825-1834.

Painted Bunting

5. Baltimore Oriole

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.

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.

Baltimore Oriole

6. The American Goldfinch

An American songbird with a song that is a series musical warbles and twitters, often with a long note. 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.

American Goldfinch

7. The White-Throated Sparrow

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.

Audubon White-Throated Sparrow

8. Wood Thrush

Thrushes may not be the most colourful and beautiful of the songbirds but they are considered to have the most beautiful songs. The wood thrush in particular. The American naturalist Henry David Thoreau wrote:

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

Wood Thrush

9. American Robin

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).

American Robin

10. American Songbirds – Blue Jays

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”.

American Songbirds Blue Jay

11. Great Kiskadee

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 Brazil its popular name is bem-te-vi (“I saw you well”) and in Spanish-speaking countries it is often bien-te-veo (“I see you well”) and sometimes shortened to benteveo.

Great Kiskadee

12. White-Breasted Nuthatch

The White-Breasted Nuthatch is a very common small American Songbird. This particular vintage print is from the archives of the University of Amsterdam.

White-Breasted Nuthatch

13. American Songbirds – House Wren

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.

House Wren

If you liked these American Songbirds, check out some of these other copyright free vintage bird prints to download.

10 thoughts on “Beautiful Images Of American Songbirds To Download

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  2. These are lovely. We get a lot of thrushes, robins, and blue jays in our yard, which is great. It’s terrible that many of these birds may be wiped out, though. Thank you for sharing the prints, and the info, at Sweet Inspiration!

    1. Thank you, your garden sounds as though it maybe quite noisy in the morning with all those songbirds but I bet they are lovely to watch.

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