Birds of America
By John James Audubon, F. R. SS. L. & E.
NEW SPECIES -- NOT IN MY SYNOPSIS.
During my journey to the country around and about the waters of the Upper
Missouri and Yellow Stone rivers, in the summer and autumn of 1843, my
companions and myself had the good fortune of procuring several new species of
birds; and I feel much satisfaction in presenting them to my subscribers, who, I
trust, will be gratified to see that my anxiety to please them is not in the
In publishing these new species, I have the gratification of naming some of
them after those gentlemen who accompanied me on my late tour; and others, after
friends connected with the science of ornithology, publicly or otherwise.
With the exception of a few of these birds, procured in the bottom lands
along the Missouri river, they all were found on the sterile prairies, which
form the greater portion of the country visited by us; and generally during our
excursions after the buffalo, the elk, or the antelope.
I shall also give figures of two or three species discovered by others,
within the range proposed to be included in my synopsis as appertaining to our
Fauna. In the accounts given of these new species, the student will be
surprised as much as I have myself been, to see how closely allied most of them
are to species long since described, not only by me, but even by ALEXANDER
WILSON, NUTTALL, and CHARLES LUCIEN BONAPARTE. I have a series of each species
now in my possession, which can be seen by any student of ornithology who may
desire to examine them.