Sources : Meauce

Thomas of Cantimpré [circa 1200-1272 CE] (Liber de natura rerum, Birds 5.84): Meauce are birds of the sea, larger than ducks, as he says [i.e. Liber rerum]. They are gray in color, have short legs, a short neck, gray eyes, a beak partly red and partly a saffron color. The bird is so called by the sound of its voice: for it is always crying. They are very fond of corpses, and particularly of human corpses. When a storm is imminent, they cry out the most, and exult, as it were, at the impending prey of corpses: they first seek the eye of the corpse. They ambush small animals wherever they are. - [Badke translation/paraphrase]