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Martlet

 

Description  A bird with no feet.

 

Features  It catches its food while flying, and therefore is appears never to stand on the ground.

 

Also called  Merlette

 Martinet

 House Martin (the actual bird Delichon urbica, a type of swallow)

 

Symbolizes  In heraldry, the martlet symbolizes a fourth son.

 

Related Creatures  Alerion- an eagle-type bird with no legs.

 Bird of Paradise (separate page)

 

Described By:  Guillim- "they have not such use of their feet, as other birds have.  And if perchance they fall upon the ground, they cannot raise themselves upon their feet, as others do, and prepare themselves to flight.  For this cause they are accustomed to make their nests among rocks and other high places, from whence they may easily take their flight."

 

 

 

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