On the 4th September Robert Schneck posted a blog about a mystery bird from Tudor times...
First, I want to thank everyone for their suggestions; please tell me what you think of this possible identification.
I believe the bird represents a kingfisher or halcyon bird. That difficult to read word might be a form of "Alcedo" which is another name for "Halcyon" (perhaps the letters are A-L-c-y-i-d-a?). Then there's the blue "kingfisher with webbed feet, shown near the water" (http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beastgallery240.htm#) from the Bestiary of Ann Walsh, "a Latin bestiary of English origin, produced circa 1400-25".
Both the Ann Walsh and Tudor birds have comparable beaks and furrowed brows, compact bodies, and rounded tails with similarly delineated feathers. The hoofs that make the Tudor bird so strange are, I think, a misinterpretation of an earlier artist's drawing of webbed feet. It is not difficult to imagine an intermediate drawing where they are more hoof-like than the Ann Walsh drawing but less so than the Tudor.What do you think?