12 Days of Birdorable

A Birdorable Carol: Celebrating Four Calling Blackbirds

4 Birdorable calling Blackbirds

On the fourth day of Birdorable, a melodious chorus filled the air... 4 Calling Blackbirds! As our festive 12 Days of Birdorable journey unfolds, today we spotlight the Four Calling Blackbirds, a charming addition that brings the classic "The 12 Days of Christmas" carol to life with an avian twist.

Diving into the original "Four Calling Birds" verse—historically referred to as "four colly birds," with "colly" meaning black as coal—it's the Common Blackbird that takes center stage in our celebration. This bird, with its glossy black plumage in males and rich, brown tones in females, is a familiar sight in gardens across Europe, known for its beautiful and varied song.

The Common Blackbird, a species that thrives not only in Europe but also across Asia, North Africa, and in introduced populations in Australia and New Zealand, is celebrated for its melodious calls and songs. These birds have a special place in the hearts of bird enthusiasts and casual listeners alike, bringing the sounds of nature closer to home with their rich musical repertoire.

As we delight in the presence of these Four Calling Blackbirds on this fourth day of Birdorable, let their songs remind us of the joy and beauty that birds bring into our lives. May their calls lead you to discover the rich tapestry of bird song that surrounds us, a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.

This is the fourth day of our 12 Days of Birdorable holiday event. Previously featured were:

Over the next 8 days we will post another Birdorable bird for our 12 Days of Birdorable. Be sure to check back each day for this fun event!

Cute Blackbird Gifts


Ashira on December 4, 2010 at 11:40 AM wrote:
SO CUTE! : D I thought you guys already had a Blackbird. Guess not!
Birdorable on December 4, 2010 at 12:34 PM wrote:
Hi Ashira, we did already have a Blackbird, but not all birds in the 12 Days of Birdorable are necessarily new birds. We are adding some other new ones though ... have you seen our Coal Tit, Pied-billed Grebe and Black Skimmer? :)
Ashira on December 4, 2010 at 3:26 PM wrote:
Oh! :o I see! EE! How gorgeous the new ones look! That Coal Tit is just adorable.
Spurwing Plover on December 23, 2015 at 6:13 PM wrote:
What i understand is they were FOUR COILY BIRDS(Colie)but the European Blackbirds are appropriate
Heather Richards on November 16, 2016 at 9:20 PM wrote:
You know I say the word picklehead instead of 4!
Spurwing Plover on February 21, 2022 at 7:23 AM wrote:
The European Blackbird is related to our own Robin and Bluebird they even hunt for worms like Robin a dose

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