Of the Pecocke. chap. 31.
THe Pecocke is called P••e, and hath that name of the sounde of his voice. His flesh is so harde that vnneth it rot∣teth, and is full hard to soothing, as Isi∣dore saith. And Aristotle sayth, that the Pecocke liueth twentie yeare, and hath chickens in the end of three yeeres, & after his wings bee couloured. And the Pe∣hen sitteth abroode thirtye dayes, and a little more: and soone after the shelles be cloue, and hath no chickens but once a yeare, and layeth twelue Egges or few lesse. And the Pecocke leeseth his fethers when the first tree leeseth his leaues, and his fethers grow first when leaues be∣gin to grow on trees, as Aristotle saith. And the Pecock is a bird that loueth not his young: for the male searcheth out the female, and seeketh out her Egges for to breake them, that he may so occupy him the more in his lecherie. And the female dreadeth that, & hideth busily her egges, least the Pecocke might soone find them. And Arist. sayth, that the Pecocke hath an vnstedfast and euill shapen head, as it were the head of a serpent & with a crest. And he hath a simple pace, and small necke, and areared, and a blew breast, and a taile ful of bewty, distinguished on high with wonderful fairenesse: and he hath foulest féet & riueled. And he wondereth of the fairenesse of his fethers, & areareth them vp, as it were a circle about his head, and then he looketh to his féet, and seeth the foulenesse of his feete, and lyke as he wer ashamed, he letteth his fethers fall sodeinlye: and all the taile downe∣ward, as though he tooke no héed of the fairenesse of his fethers: and hath an hor∣rible voice. And as one sayth, he hath a voice of a féend, head of a serpent, pace of théefe. And lib. 29. cap. 6. Plinius sayth, yt the Pecock hath enuie to mans profit, Page [unnumbered] and swalloweth his owne durt: for it is full medicinable, but it is sold found.