05 November 2005


From A Bestiary of Imaginary Species edited by Nenad Dragicevic: Erronion

The erronion is a small songbird, native to Oregon and Washington, with two stubby horns growing out of its skull. The horns, thin and hollow, are a vivid and lustrous red in the male and a muted green in the female. Early European settlers called the erronion “the devil bird” and avoided it as much as possible. Its song is a repeating liquid cascade of nine notes: twee lee klee tu thwp thwp thwp traaaaaaa la. Rock art images of erronion birds are common throughout its range. Natives used to follow flocks of them to find fields of ripe berries.


I think I've followed this bird, too, in my dreams.
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