- Greek (culture)
- Flying (attribute)
- Deadly (behaviour)
A creature described by a Rabbi from Fez who may have been Jacob ben Chaim in the 16th century. The Peryton had the body and the wings of a green bird with the legs and head of a deer. It was last seen in Ravenna and was reported to have light blue wings. Their shadow was that of human but after they had hunted and killed a person, their shadow would resume the shadow of its body. The Perytons could only kill one human in their lifetime. They lived in the land of Atlantis and attacked Scipio and his army in Carthage. The birds could not be harmed with any human weapon but the flock flew away after each one had killed and eaten one man.
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