While the traditional 12 Days of Christmas, according to the folk song, begin on Christmas Day and run through January 5th, the 12 Days of Birdorable start today! And what a grand start - our Partridge in a Pear Tree, the beautiful Red-legged Partridge, is our 300th Birdorable bird!! Although all of the gifts in the 12 Days of Christmas song are not birds, over the next 11 days we will feature another Birdorable bird for our 12 Days of Birdorable. Be sure to check back each day for this fun event! :)
The Red-legged Partridge is native to France and other parts of Europe, but introduced to the United Kingdom, where the Christmas carol first appeared. Despite being introduced, the Red-legged Partridge is thought to be the "Partridge in a Pear Tree" because this species is much more likely to be perched in a tree compared to native UK partridges.
Find our many other cute Birdorable birds on the Meet the Birds pages.