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Mark Catesby (1682-1749)

Yellow-throated warbler, pine warbler and red maple c.1722-6

RCIN 925897

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Catesby made an intensive study of birds, believing them to be more numerous and more beautiful than any other creatures. He noted the mutual dependency between birds and plants, and was one of the first naturalists to show creatures in their natural habitat. The long claws of warblers allow them to creep about on trees in search of the insects on which they feed.