The pages shown depicting the official 50 US State birds were drawn from : "Audubon's Birds of America" an 1840 "First Octavo Edition" of John J. Audubon's complete seven volume text.
Within the text you will see many names in capital letters. This was the convention that Audubon himself used in his text to set off proper names. We have preserved this convention in our text. Due to the inability of the ASCII character set to print Greek letters, the Greek words that Audubon used in his Family and Genus descriptions have been "Latinized": the letters delta-iota-sigma, for example, have become [dis]; the square brackets indicate that the editors have made this change.
A special thank-you goes to Mr. Richard Buonanno, who originally converted the Bird's of America complete text, with references, to HTML format. The 50states.com website utilizes 29 files from Mr. Buonanno's collection