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Google celebrates Audubon’s birthday!

If you haven't gone over to Google today for your search engine needs, I would encourage you to check it out. The graphic honors the 226th anniversary of the birth of the great naturalist and artist John James Audubon with a composite of some of his paintings.

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Anyone want to take a crack at identifying these birds?  Leave your answers in the comments.

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Nate Swick

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Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
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  • I wonder how long it took for the design team to find paintings that approximated the google logo letters?

    G: Red-shouldered Hawk and Kestrel
    o: Some Myiarchus flycatcher, probably Great Crested and Harris’ Hawk
    o: Western? Kingbird
    g: Crested Caracara
    l: Long-eared? Owl
    e: Empidonax sp. Least?

  • I think you’ve got it except for the last one which, as best as I can gather, is an Acadian Flycatcher or, as Audubon called it, a Small Green-crested Flycatcher.

    But given it’s obviously an Empid, can we really be sure unless it vocalizes?

  • I sure can’t. Google should know better! I checked the paintings and it matches what today is called Acadian Flycatcher. I was hoping it would be the enigmatic Small-headed Flycatcher.

  • I think you guys nailed it. The second o is Plate 359 Arkansas Flycatcher (modern name is Western Kingbird) and the e is Plate 144 Small Green Crested Flycatcher (modern name is Acadian Flycatcher).

    I found the plates numbers at thebirdsofamerica.com is case you wondered.

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