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The 12 Days of Christmas 2012

By December 14, 2012

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This is the third year I've put together a series of bird-related fun to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas, and this year, it's focused on a family theme. After all, the holidays are all about spending time with family and reconnecting with those you love, and each day from now through Christmas day we'll share a bird family related to the popular holiday carol. Without further adieu...

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... A partridge in a pear tree.

Partridges in Europe are part of the Phasianidae family, the bird family that includes all Old World pheasants, grouse and similar game birds - a perfect gift for a delicious holiday dinner! What Phasianidae birds are your holiday birding wish list? Share your sightings in the comments!

Spruce Grouse Chick
Photo Bruce McKay

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