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Perdix story: Thanks to a reader for writing to ask about sources for this partridge legend; I completely forgot to include that information here. This story about the partridge forms part of the bestiary tradition (there is a lot of overlap between bestiary lore and the animals in the Gesta), and that bestiary tradition emerges from Roman natural history writers like Pliny. More information and references here at the wonderful bestiary.ca site: Perdix. You can read the Latin text of Pliny here. Even better: this is an actual animal behavior; more about that at Wikipedia: Distraction Display.