The birds lived in the Hercynian Forest, which was a massive stretch of woodland in southern Germany, east of the Rhine river. While much of the forest has since been destroyed, the modern day Black Forest is a remnant of the western portion.
Travelers through the forest at night would often look to the ercinee for guidance, because their brilliant feathers shone through the darkness. The light from even their individual feathers was so bright that they were placed on paths, lighting the way through the woods.
Anthropological information Edit
At some point in time the ercinee became conflated with the Bohemian waxwing, also called the Bohemian Jay. This is possibly traced to Thomas Bartholin, who described the two in proximity to one another and added that the waxwing's wing and tail tips glimmered faintly in the night.
Similar creatures Edit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Solinus, C. Julius. Collectanea rerum memorabilium, Berolinum : Weidmann (1895). Pg 96.
- ↑ Pliny the Elder. The Natural History, Perseus (1855). Book 10, Chapter 67.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Isidore. Etymologies, Cambridge University Press (2006). Pg 266.
- ↑ Becker, Jeffrey. Hercynian Forest: a Pleiades place resource, Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places (2013).
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 White, Terence Hanbury. The Book of Beasts, UW-Madison Libraries Parallel Press (1954). Pg 130-131.
- ↑ Bartholin, Thomas. De luce hominum et brutorum, libri III; De lunariis, Matth. Godicchenius (1669). Pg 291-292.