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Google Doodle Honors Naturalist John James Audubon's 226th Birthday

The 226th birthday of French-American painter and naturalist John James Audubon has been celebrated with a Google Doodle.

The new doodle shows an assortment of North American birds of prey and singing birds that Audubon drew in his most famous collection of illustrations, Birds of America. The birds, of course, are arranged to form Google's logo.

Unlike other recent doodles, like the ones for Jules Verne, Charlie Chaplin and Yuri Gagarin, Audubon’s animation has no moving parts or animation but is instead a simple graphic design, perhaps in keeping with Audubons' spare, static illustrations.

Audubon, who was born on April 26, 1785, moved to the United States when he was 18. Known as the American Woodsman, Audubon went on to study and illustrate over 500 species of birds found in North America.

His work has been quoted by renowned biologist Charles Darwin in his seminal work On the Origin of Species. Audubon made is living by selling prints of his drawings and illustrations.

Even though there are many who don’t know him, Audubon's work was instrumental for modern ornithology. According to Metro (opens in new tab), an early copy of Audubon’s Birds of America sold in an auction last December for £7.3million.