Look for the Partridge in a Pear Tree


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 came from France, apparently, and was published first in England — does it hold up ornithologically in Ohio?

Do the birds in the song 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 (2016), which has ties to CFAES too.

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