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To the goose genus belong also the chenalopex,1 and the cheneros,2 a little smaller than the common goose, and which forms the most exquisite of all the dainties that Britannia provides for the table. The tetrao3 is remarkable for the lustre of its plumage, and its extreme darkness, while the eyelids are of a scarlet colour. Another species4 of this last bird exceeds the vulture in size, and is of a similar colour to it; and, indeed, there is no bird, with the exception of the ostrich, the body of which is of a greater weight; for to such a size does it grow, that it becomes incapable of moving, and allows itself to be taken on the ground. The Alps and the regions of the North produce these birds; but when kept in aviaries, they lose their fine flavour, and by retaining their breath, will die of mere vexation. Next to these in size are the birds which in Spain they call the "tarda,"5 and in Greece the "otis:" they are looked upon however as very inferior food; the marrow,6 when disengaged from the bones, immediately emits a most noisome smell.

1 The "goose-fox," so called, according to Ælian, for its cunning and mischievous qualities; and worshipped by the Egyptians for its affection for its young. It is supposed by Cuvier to be the Anas Ægyptiaca of Buffon.

2 The Anas clypeata of Buffon, according to Cuvier.

3 The Tetrao tetrix of Linnæus, or heathcock.

4 The Tetrao urogallus of Linnæus, according to Cuvier.

5 The Otis tarda of Linnæus. Cuvier says, that it is not the case that they are bad eating, and remarks that birds have no marrow in the larger bones.

6 Doé thinks that the spinal marrow is meant.

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