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Perrault, Claude, 1613-1688 / Memoir's for a natural history of animals : containing the anatomical descriptions of several creatures dissected by the Royal Academy of Sciences at Paris
(1688)

The anatomical description of six bustards,   pp. 197-202 ff.


Page 197


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                             T H E
ANATOMICAL D5ESCRIPTION
                             OF SIX
      BUS TARDS.
      He greatell of the fix Buftards which we diffeaed, comprehended but
T     three Foot from the extremity of the Beak to that of the hind Feet
extended. This fize comes not near that which Belontjus and Turneri's al-
low to the Bufard, which they report to be the largeft of all Fowl next the
OfJrich. The Cafonwary and Grifon which we diffeEed, were a great deal
bigger; and other Authors do not make the B.ftard larger than that which
which we defctribe. Arijiotle in Athenpc makes it much lefs; for lie com-
pares it, as to its bignefs to a great Cock. And it is ftrange that Belonius
and
Turnerus, who had feen Bulardsthotildto follow Pliny,fpeak fo of it,that
they
feem not to have well underilood h1im: For the Bird, which according to
Pliny, is the largcfl next the Ofjrich, is the fcecond Species of Tetrao,
which is
not tlhe B1f3tard; and Pliny fays only that the bignets of the Otis, which
is e-
vidently our Buftard, approaches that of the Tetrao: But it is not certainly
knowvn what the Tetrao is, and what he.Ipeaks thereof agrees not at all with
thc Btftard; thlis Bird according to Plny's Defcr iption, being black all
over
the Body, except the Feathers over the Eyes, which are red: which is not
found in the Buftard, who has indeed fome red and Ibme black, or I6me
brown in its Plumage, but thete Colours are there placed after another
fafhion.
  The jM'ck, and RFct were much longer in our Baftards, than in thofe
which GfiJer and and Aldrcvandus have described: as for the reft they do
wefl enougal ag'ree with tlhe Defription which thefe Authors do make there-
of. Their Nlck was a Foot long, and their Leggs a Foot and half. The
Wings were hardly longer than the Leggs; fo that being extended, they
exceeded not four Foot ; which has no prqporrion with the Mafs of the reft
of their Body. Therefore it is that this Bird fly's with fo much difficulty
that it may eaffly be overtaken in its flight. Vnppia fay's that of all Birds
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