Pretty Little Green Hummingbird by Rene Lesson Label
Lesson Called this bird the "Oiseau Mouche a L'Oreilles d'Azur" - we are not certain which specific species it represents.
This item is based on a reproduction of an antique copperplate print from The NATURAL HISTORY OF HUMMINGBIRDS (. HISTOIRE NATURELLE DES OISEAUX-MOUCHES 1829-1833) by RENÉ PRIMEVERE LESSON 1794-1849
About René Primevère Lesson
René Primevère Lesson (1799-1849) was a leading French naturalist and explorer. From 1822 to 1825 Lesson participated in the round-the-world voyage of the french corvette the Coquille acting as the ship's doctor. The voyage of exploration visited many regions in South America and the Pacific. On his return, Lesson published books on many aspects of natural history, but he remains particularly famous for his work on hummingbirds. Several species were named by him or after him. Primevere later taught botany at the naval medical school in Rochefort, 1829–31 and was appointed the top-ranking Navy pharmacist in France in 1835. The Natural History of Hummingbirds was one of the first major works on the lives of these fascinating tiny birds.