“So scarce is this bird in the Middle Districts, that its discovery in the State of Pennsylvania has been made a matter of much importance.  Its habits are consequently very little known, even at the present day, and it would appear that only two individuals have been seen by our American ornithologists, one of which, a young female, has been figured by the Prince of Musignano. …

I have no precise recollection of the time when I first made a drawing of this pretty little bird, but know this well, that a drawing which I had of it was one of the unfortunate collection destroyed by the rats at Henderson.”

–J. J. Audubon, Ornithological Biography, I (1831), 255 [excerpted].

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