CHAP. 69. (49.)—THE NEW BIRDS. THE VIPIO.
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.