18th December 2022

On the Forth Day of Christmas

My true love sent to me, four calling birds …

The Australian Women’s Weekly, 24th November 1976 page 94.

If you wish to read about the origins of the traditional song, this is a very interesting article; https://americanornithology.org/three-french-hens/

According to the author, this line was originally “colly birds” not “calling birds”, colly meaning black (as in coal). Therefore, these were blackbirds! Blackbirds were once eaten, so this is another culinary gift in the song.

For sale on Ebay by avalon-somerset.

The common blackbird (Turdus merula) was introduced into Melbourne, Australia from the 1850s, along with other birds such as starlings, mynas and sparrows, with the intention of benefiting agriculture by eating insects! So much for good intentions.

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