Of the Miredromble. Chap. 28.
THE Miredromble is called Onacro∣calus, and is a bird that maketh noyse Page [unnumbered] in the Winter, and hath small chins in his iawes, in which hée taketh first meate, and then sendeth it to the second wombe: For he hath two wombes, in that one onelye hée taketh meate, and in that other onely he séetheth and defieth. But the first is taken in stéed of the crop of the throat, as Isidore saith. In Gréeke Onacrocalus is called a Birde with a long bill: and there be of two manner kindes: One is a water foule, & that other a foule of desart, and he that dwelleth in Water, is a bird of great gluttonye, and putteth the bill downe into the water, and maketh a greate noise, and is eni∣mie namely to Eeles, & the pray that hée taketh, he swalloweth sodeinly, & sēdeth it into his wombe. And then he cheweth and moueth his iawes, as he held meate in his mouth. This Bird resteth on the cliffe, and turneth vpward his bellye to saue himself against the réese of the Gos∣hauke, that he maye in that manner the more safelye rest and sléepe, as Isidore sayth.
(*Of these kindes of Cormorants are diuerse, whereof the one called Ono∣crotalus, is as bigge as a Swan, which putting his head into the water, brayeth like an Asse. Of water Fowles, there are diuerse sortes that are héere omitted, be∣cause of the hinderance of other Authors: as the Mallard, the Ducke, the Bitter, of Wigen, the Teale, the Puffin, the Barnacle, the Bargander, the Gulles, the Twite, the wilde Goose, and Sheldrake, with many others.)