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Melissa Mayntz

The Fifth Day of Christmas

By December 18, 2012

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Throughout the holiday season we're exploring the 12 Days of Christmas with how this popular carol relates to birds and their families, since family is so important during the holidays. You might be surprised at how many birds are related to this seasonal fun!

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Five golden rings.

Birds have little need for jewelry and no bird bands (rings) would ever be made of gold, but one special family of birds does indeed play a role with golden rings. Experienced handlers often train birds in the Tytonidae family - barn owls - to serve as ring bearers for weddings, flying the golden rings down to the happy couple for a memorable moment.

Would you use a trained raptor or other wedding birds for your big day? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Barn Owl
Photo Paul Wordingham


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