CHAP. XXXV. Of Urogallus.
URogallus is found in the highest Mountain tops; in Germany, and the Northern parts, he most delights. Encelius l. 3. de lapid. c. 54. writes of his wonderfull copulation. For the Cock of this kind doth spit and vomit out his seed in the Spring when they couple, and with a loud noise calls the hens, who gather up the seed was cast forth of his mouth; and they swallow it down, and so they conceive. Then the Cock treads them, and ratifies as it were the seed eaten. Those hens that he treads not, do bring eggs that are windy. Olaus Magnus writes, that in the Winter, in the North, the lesser Urogalli will lye hard under the Snow two or three moneths. But in Pontus they say in Winter some Birds are found, that neither boult their feathers, nor do they feel when their feathers are pluckt out, nor when they are thrust through with a spit, but onely then when they wax hot at the fire. It is hardly true. The greater Grygallus is so deaf, that he cannot hear the noise of a great Gun.