Of the Crane. chap. 15.
A Crane is called Grus, and hath that name of her owne voice. For she cry∣eth with such a voice, as Isid. saith. And is a bird of grease winges, and of strong flight, and flieth high into the aire to see the countryes, toward the which he will drawe, as it is saide in Exameron: and is a bird that loueth birds of his own kind, & they liuing in company together, haue a king among them, & flie in order, ruled as Ambrose saith. And the leader of the company compelleth the company to flie aright, crieng, as it were blaming with his voice. And if it hap yt he waxe hoarse, then another crane commeth after him, and taketh the same office: and after they fall to the earth, cryeng for to rest: and when they sit on the grounde, to keepe and saue them, they ordein watches that they may rest the more surely: and the wakers stand vpon one foote, and each of Page [unnumbered] them holdeth a little stone in the other foote, high from the earth, that they may be waked by falling of the stone, if it hap that they sleepe, as Aristotle saith.
Also in youth cranes be coloured like ashes, but the longer they liue, the blac∣ker they be. And if anye of them goe a∣misse out of the company, they crye and seeke their fellowes that be lost.
Also Cranes when they knowe that the Fawcon or ye Goshawke commeth, they turne vpward their bils, and defend themselues as well as they may, with sharpnesse of bills.
(*The Crane is of an Indie colour, with a redde plat on his head: but the Cranes of the East Indias, are white bodied, red headed and some greenish.
Sebastian Munster writeth yt the cranes fight with the Samoyes a shorte dwarffe like people, &c.