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During the civil wars that took place at Bebriacum, beyond the river Padus, the "new birds"1 were introduced into Italy —for by that name they are still known. They resemble the thrush in appearance, are a little smaller than the pigeon in size, and of an agreeable flavour. The Balearic islands also send us a porphyrio,2 that is superior to the one previously mentioned. There the buteo, a kind of hawk, is held in high esteem for the table, as also the vipio,3 the name given to a small kind of crane.

1 "Novæ aves." The grey partridge, Hardouin thinks.

2 Flamingo.

3 See B. xi. c. 44.

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