Beast

Sources : Kite

Aesop's Fables [6th century BCE +] (The Kite and his Mother; Perry 324) The kite was sick and had spent many months in bed. When there was no longer any hope of his recovery, he tearfully asked his mother to make the rounds of all the shrines and to offer great vows for his recovery. 'I will do what you want, my son, but I am afraid that I will not succeed. It scares and worries me, my child: since you pillaged all the temples and polluted all the altars, showing no reverence for the holy sacrifices, what can I pray for now on your behalf?' - [ Gibbs translation]

Ovid [1st century CE] (The Metamorphoses, Book 2, 708): ...as a swift kite, spying out the sacrificial entrails, wheels above, still fearful of the priests crowding round the victim, but afraid to fly further off, circling eagerly on tilted wings over its hoped-for prey. - [Kline translation]

Pliny the Elder [1st century CE] (Natural History, Book 10, 12): Kites are of the same genus as hawks but are smaller. Though they are rapacious birds and are always hungry, they do not steal food at funerals or when it has been offered to the gods. (Book 10, 21): Kites do not normally drink, and it is a direful augury if one does so.

Aelianus [170-230 CE] (On the Characteristics of Animals, Book 2, chapter 47): There is no limit to the robberies of the kite. If they can manage pieces of meat on sale in the market, they pounce upon them and carry them off; on the other hand they will not touch sacrifices offered to Zeus. - [Scholfield translation]

Isidore of Seville [7th century CE] (Etymologies, Book 12, 7:58): The kite (milvus) is soft in flight and strength, but it is a rapacious bird that is always hostile toward domestic birds.