An history of the wonderful things of nature set forth in ten severall classes wherein are contained I. The wonders of the heavens, II. Of the elements, III. Of meteors, IV. Of minerals, V. Of plants, VI. Of birds, VII. Of four-footed beasts, VIII. Of insects, and things wanting blood, IX. Of fishes, X. Of man
Jonstonus, Joannes, 1603-1675., Libavius, Andreas, d. 1616., Rowland, John, M.D.

CHAP. VIII. Of the Owl and Catarrhacta.

THe Owl builds in the highest Rocks, that sometimes it is hard to find her eggs; for its young, Pliny saith, comes forth by the tail out of the egg, because the eggs being reversed by weight of their heads, brings the hinder part to be fostered by the dam. It is said, Page  174 That in Churches she drinks up the oyl; she not onely kills Birds, but Hares also. A Duck hath been found in one cut open. The brain of it with Goose-grease doth wonderfully joyn wounds. The Catar∣rhacta hath a wonderful way of sitting on her eggs, if that be true that Oppianus hath written. She layes Sea-weed upon her eggs on a rock, and so leaves them open to the winds. Hence the male catcheth those eggs he thinks sit to breed the males, and the female doth the like for the females; then they carry them up on high with their Talons, and so let them fall into the Sea; doing this often, they grow hot by motion, and the young ones are hatched.