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An Aristotelian term, attested in the Historia Animalorum (9.36), but corrupted in manuscript tradition, which also records περνις (pernis), πτερνις (pternis) and περκνης (perknēs). Gaza renders the Greek term as pernix.


περνης (pernēs)

  1. a bird of prey, a kind of hawk

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  • Pierre Belon, L'histoire de la nature des oyseaux, 1997, p. 410