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On the Fourth Day of Christmas…

“On the Fourth Day of Christmas my true love sent to me….…Four Calling Birds.”

What a very thoughtful gift.  The ‘calling birds’ in the song is a variation of the word ‘colly’ or ‘collie’ bird. The definition of colly is black and came from the old word for coal. So simply put, a Calling bird is a blackbird.  These birds do not make great house pets.  They are omnivores (or ground feeders) and eat their fair share of insects and worms; they will even eat small critters like frogs, tadpoles and lizards.

Since Calling birds are outdoor birds, they make a good Christmas gift to the person with asthma or allergies.  If we are wrong about black birds, we will eat Crow!

http://vickipierce.hubpages.com/hub/What-is-a-calling-bird-that-is-referenced-in-The-Twelve-Days-of-Christmas

This educational information does not take the place of your physician’s advice.

 

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