Folio 35r Illustration detail
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||f35r Text: Pelicans live in Egypt, and are devoted to their young.
The fledglings fight their parents who kill them The mother bird pierces
her side and as her blood flows over the bodies of her babies, they return
to life. Illustration: the narrative is divided into three scenes
showing the babies attacking their parent, the parents killing the babies
and the mother piercing her side to resurrect her offspring. The birds
are lively but quite unrealistic. There are both white and Dalmatian pelicans
in the southern Mediterranean. They both eat fish but the rest of the
account is unrealistic. Possibly the idea of mother pouring sustenance
over her babies comes from the birds' habit of regurgitation.