In the holiday song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” someone’s true love gives them … quite a few birds.
Given that the song has European roots — it apparently came from France and was published first in England — does it hold up ornithologically in Ohio?
Do the song’s birds live in the Buckeye State?
Here are answers from experts in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences(CFAES) at The Ohio State University and from sources including The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio, which was published earlier this year.
1st day: Partridge (with or without pear tree)
ANSWER: Technically, no. But also, not any more.
The ruffed grouse, which is pictured below, although in a willow tree, lives in Ohio. And people sometimes call it a “partridge.” But scientists say that name is inaccurate.
While both grouse and partridges belong to the Phasianidae family — which includes pheasants, chickens and others — they’re actually members of two different subfamilies: Grouse are in Tetraoninae; partridges, in Perdicinae.… Continue readingRead More »