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Man has been influenced by birds in their art throughout history. Early works like the cave paintings in Lascaux Cave in France. and early Egyptian art combined human and bird forms. The Nazca lines stylized hummingbird is the largest example of bird art.
During the middle ages, birds were used in paintings quite often as symbols of good or evil, fidelity or adultery, etc. Even today birds as used as symbols like the American eagle. Native Americans are renowned bird artists, particularly those of the Pacific northwest.
John James Audubon is generally credited with raising the realistic depiction of birds to an art form in the early 1800s. He was among the first to accurately depict birds in their natural settings with drama and established himself as a significant figure in art history.
Today you will find this realistic representation of birds as an art form in sculpture, paintings, and photography. Every art form has its own limitations and advantages and artists in these mediums strive to make a statement with each piece of art they produce.
The birds pictured here are from many diverse groups. Represented are anhingas, caracaras, cornmorants, cranes, doves ducks, eagles, egrets, geese, grebes, gulls, hawks, herons, hummingbirds, ibis, kites, lapwings, limpkins, ospreys, owls, pelicans, rails, ratites, screamers, shorebirds, spoonbills, stilts, storks, swans, terns, turkeys, and woodpeckers. The largest group in the world are the perching birds which include blackbirds, cardinals, crows, gnatcatchers, jays, magpies, meadowlarks, warblers, and wrens.
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