This exceptional originally hand-colored engraving is from Alexander Wilsons American Ornithology or The Natural History of the Birds of the United States. This is the second edition published in 1829. This edition is often preferred to the first because of the superior paper quality. The same copper plates were used in publication so the subjects are identical to the first.
Alexander Wilson is known as the Father of American Ornithology. Wilsons work, American Ornithology, was the first focused on only American birds. Wilson drew most of the birds for the work himself and employed Alexander Lawson and John G. Warnicke for the engraving.