AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851).
Belted Kingfisher, Plate 77.
Aquatint engraving with original hand color.
London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838.
38 3/4” x 26” sheet, 45 1/4” x 32 1/2” framed.
Comparable: Sotheby's 2007 - $22,500; Arader Galleries, 2019 - $15,000.
The Belted Kingsfisher!â€”Now, kind reader, were I infected with the desire of giving new names to well-known objects, you may be assured that, notwithstanding the partly appropriate name given to this bird, I should call it, as I think it ought to have been called, the United States' Kingsfisher. My reason for this will, I hope, become apparent to you, when I say that it is the only bird of its genus found upon the inland streams of the Union. Another reason of equal force might be adduced, which is, that, although the males of all denominations have, from time immemorial, obtained the supremacy, in this particular case the term Belted applies only to the female, the male being destitute of the belt or band by which she is distinguished.