Folio 55r Commentary
|f55r Text: The coot, a wise bird. The phoenix, the bird
of Arabia, named for its colour of Phoenician purple. It builds a pyre
for itself, faces the sun and is consumed by flames.
Illustration: The coot has a similar pose to the halcyon, f54v, with its head turned back, biting its
wing. It is shown correctly with clawed feet. The rubric is missing:
the title for the coot is written in black. There are two initials, type 2. This is a Physiologus subject.
The illustration in detail