Attractive chromolithographed image of the Swallow-tailed kite (Elanoides forficatus) grappling with a garter snake in its fearsome claws.
The plate comes from the Julius Bien edition of Audubon's Birds of America, the second large-format 19th-century edition of the most important color plate book of all time.
The Swallow-tailed Hawk, as it is referred to by Audubon, is a resident of the American Southeast and Florida, with its range extending to South America.
Audubon gives the antiquated Linnean binomial, Falco Furcatus.
Chromolithograph on wove paper. A few expert marginal mends.