Born Jean-Jacques Rabin, in the French colony of St. Domingue (Currently Haiti), he became a famous ornithologist, naturalist and painter. When Audubon, at age 18, boarded ship in 1803 to immigrate to the United States, he changed his name to an anglicized form: John James Audubon. He was notable for his extensive studies documenting all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. He is the namesake of the National Audubon Society and his name adorns a large number of towns, neighborhoods, and streets in every part of the United States. Audubon is also known for having identified 25 new species of birds.