This 5-cent stamp honoring John James Audubon (1785-1851) and featuring a reproduction of his hand-colored engraving entitled "Columbia Jay," was first placed on sale through the Henderson, Kentucky, post office on November 29, 1963. Audubon is notable for documenting the birds of America through his artwork and written descriptions. The Audubon Society, which works towards wildlife conservation, was named in his honor.
Designed by Robert L. Miller, this stamp was printed on the Giori press and issued in panes of fifty stamps each. An initial printing of 130 million stamps was authorized.
Postal Bulletin (October 31, 1963).