Burns Bestiary


The bright colors and beauty of birds and other flying fauna may be meant to attract mates or provide camouflage, but also draw in the attention of many artists and naturalists. Compilations of birds—such as John Audubon’s Birds of America or William Beebe’s A Monograph of the Pheasants (shown below)—focus as much on the beauty of our feathered friends as the accurate depictions of their habitats and other scenery. Many of the illustrations are exquisitely detailed, as artists capture the full effect of these winged creatures. Accordingly, these are some of our largest illustrations, with many featuring full page plates to show off the beauty of the birds, butterflies and other air creatures, and the skill of the artists depicting them.