Lost treasures

Washington’s Eagle

In 1836 John Audubon included the Washington Eagle in his book The Birds of America. Initially accepted as a new species of eagle critics began questioning the claim when they couldn’t find the bird in the natural world themselves. Was it real or did Audubon make it up?

Some of Our Research:
An overview of the bird
Audubon’s life
The prank on Rafinesque

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