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Roseate Spoonbill

 

Audubon's assistant, George Lehman, drew the background for this print in Florida in 1831 or 1832. Lehman, rather than Audubon, may also have drawn the bird.

"The feathers of the wings and tail of the Roseate Spoonbill are manufactured into fans by the Indians and Negroes of Florida; and at St. Augustine these ornaments form in some degree a regular article of trade. Their flesh is oily and poor eating."

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