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1 Literally, the "red-wing." The modem flamingo.
2 Buffon thinks that this is the grouse of the English, the Tetrao Scoti- cus of the naturalists; but Cuvier is of opinion that it is either the common wood-cock, the Tetrao bonasia of Linnæus, or else the wood-cock with pointed tail, of the south of Europe, the Tetrao alchata of Linnæus, most probably the latter, as the male has black and blue spots on the back; a fact which may explain the joke in the "Birds" of Aristophanes, where a run-away slave who has been marked with stripes, is called an attagen. By some it is called the "red-headed hazel-hen."
3 In allusion, perhaps, to the words of Horace, Epod. ii. 54.
Non attagen Ionicus
Jucundior, quam lecta de pinguissimis
Oliva ramis arborum.
4 Literally, the "bald crow." Pliny, B. xi. c. 47, says that it is an aquatic bird: and naturalists generally identify it with the cormorant, the Pelecanus carbo of Linnæus.
5 Literally, the red crow, the chocard of the Alps, the Corvus pyrrhocorax of Linnæus.
6 The "hare's foot." Identical with the snow partridge, the Tetrao lagopus of Linnæus; it is white in winter.
7 The same bird, Cuvier says, as seen in summer, being then of a saffron colour, with blackish spots.
8 Cuvier remarks, that the green courlis, the Scolopax falcinellus of Linnus, which is not imrobably the real ibis of the ancients, is by no means uncommon in Italy.
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