21 x 31.5 inches
Bird Alphabet H is for Wood-Swallows
Wood-Swallows Birds - Any of 74 species (family Hirundinidae) of songbirds found nearly worldwide. Swallows are 4–9 in. (10–23 cm) long, with long, pointed, narrow wings; a short bill; small, weak feet; and sometimes a forked tail. The dark upper plumage may have a metallic blue or green sheen. Swallows capture insects on the wing. They nest in tree holes, burrow into sandbank, or plaster mud nests to walls. Some species (e.g., the common swallow, Hirundo rustica) are long-distance migrants; all have a strong homing instinct. The swallows of California's San Juan Capistrano Mission are cliff swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota).
Common name for small perching birds of almost worldwide distribution. There are about 100 species of swallows, including the martins, which belong to the same family. Swallows have long, narrow wings, forked tails, and weak feet. They are extremely graceful in flight, making abrupt changes in speed and direction as they feed on the wing, catching insects in their wide mouths. Their plumage is blue or black with a metallic sheen, generally darker above than below. They nest in flocks in barns, sheds, chimneys, or other secluded places. The common American barn swallow, Hirundo rustica, is steel-blue above and pinkish beneath, with a rusty forehead and deeply forked tail. The purple martin, Progne subis, is deep violet with black wings and tail. Other American swallows, all with shallowly forked tails, are the cliff, or eave, swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota), which builds jug-shaped nests of mud and clay lined with grass and feathers; the bank swallow or sand martin, which burrows into shore banks to nest; and the tree (Iridoprocne bicolor) and rough-winged (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis) swallows. The so-called chimney swallow is a swift. Swallows are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Hirundinidae.
About Alphabirds Poster:
This poster was printed on museum quality fine poster paper, using professional, full color offset printing. This poster is part of a limited edition that was printed in 1996. The original artwork was painted on one piece of watercolor paper.
There is protective varnish on each bird alphabet letter.
This poster is a perfect gift for a baby shower, birthday, and for anybody in all ages who love birds and nature. It is educational as well as artistically attractive. Ideal for a school classroom or student's room.
For a limited time, your poster will come with the artist's signature with no extra cost to you.
This poster is unframed and unmatted, and comes rolled up and will be shipped in a sturdy cardboard shipping tube. Remember you are paying for a high quality poster. These posters lay flat and have never been rolled. They will only be rolled at the time of purchase and usually only spend at the most 3-5 days in the Shipping Tube during shipment.
About the artist, Yong Chen:
In China, Yong Chen grew up in a village with a strong cultural and artistic tradition. He have been drawing and painting nearly every day since he was four years old.
As a young adult, he explored different forms of art. I was a violinist, a song-writer and a passionate young poet. Yong found that, whether the final product was a poem, a song or a picture, the creative process was the same. Each was a means for him to express the emotions he feels through the relationship of people to nature.
Yong Chen is a children's book illustrator/author. His published children's books include: A Gift, Finding Joy, Miz Fannie Mae's Fine New Easter Hat, Starfish Summer, Swimming with Sharks, his watercolor illustrations also appeared in Spider Magazine, Cricket Magazine and AppleSeeds Magazine. Yong Chen is also a watercolor portrait painter and college art professor.
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