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Real Identity: Not Applicable
Appearances (BTAS): Birds of a Feather and The Mechanic
Powers/Skills: Art
Voiced By: Not Applicable

John James Audubon was a French American born on April 26, 1785 in Saint Domingue. He grew up to become a famous naturalist, painter, and ornithologist. As part of his mission to catalogue birds of North America, Audubon developed a new method for drawing. After killing a bird, he would use wires to prop the body into a natural position. Taking up to 15 days, Audubon would paint a portrait in natural settings based on his observations with a combination of watercolor, gouache, chalk, and pastel. And as an extra touch, Audubon added an extra sense of drama through slightly exaggerated poses. The Audubon paintings became treasured as one of many symbols of the emerging identity of America. In the 20th century, the Audubon was a common target of theft by the Penguin in Gotham City. He was often quick to distinguish a fake from a real work.