Of the Partridge. chap. 30.
THe Partridge is called Perdix, and hath that name of her owne voice, as Isidore saith, and is an vncleane bird. For the male lepeth vp and treadeth the male: And strong liking of lechery for∣getteth the sexe and distinction of male and female, as Isidore sayth. And is so guilefull, that the one stealeth the Egges of the other, and sitteth abrood on them. But this fraude hath no fruite, for when the Birdes bée haught, and heare the voice of their owne mother: they for∣sake her that brooded them when they were Egges, and kept them as her owne Birdes, and tourne and followe theyr owne mother naturall, as Isidore sayth, and Ambrose also. And the Partridge trauaileth not in layeng and in brooding, lyke as other foules doe, as Arist. saith. Some Fowles (he sayth) bréed and gen∣der lightly, as the Partridge. And ye mo∣ther of the Partridge flieth all about the hunter, till her birdes be flowen. And af∣ter the birds be flowen, shée the damme flyeth after, and calleth her birdes: the which young Partridges soone after they be hatcht they follows the damme, and séeke their meat. And the Partridge hath few fethers and much flesh: and there∣fore he is féeble of flight, and in flight he riseth but little from the ground, and fal∣leth oft to the ground after a little while. Also ye Partridge dreadeth ye Sparhauk, and flieth her: and as long as hée séeth the Sparhauke in the aire, he riseth not frō ye earth into the aire. And at the noise and ringing of a little bell, he flyeth a∣bout vppon the ground, and falleth into the net or grinne ere he be ware. Plini∣us. lib. 29. ca. 6. saith, that the Partridges gull, with euen weight of honnie, cléereth much the sight, and therefore it shall bee kept in a siluer boxe. Theyr eyen with hony sod in a brasen vessell, helpe to heale the pimples of eien.
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