Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon), Havell plate no. 77

Object Number: 
c. 1812; 1822
Watercolor, pastel, graphite, and gouache with touches of black ink and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 29 1/2 x 21 in. (74.9 x 53.3 cm) Mat: 41 x 31 in. (104.1 x 78.7 cm)
Inscribed at lower left of center in brown ink: "No. 16. Plate 77. / Belted Kingsfisher. male 1.2. F. 3.-- / Alcedo alcion"; at lower right: "Published 1829.[over 30] / J.J.A --"; birds numbered counterclockwise from the top: "1"; "2"; "3."
Males, upper left; females, lower right
Gallery Label: 
The flying bird was painted in 1822; the pair below ca. 1812; colored engraving in N-YHS collections
Credit Line: 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group