From today through December 25, we're celebrating the gift of birds with the top 12 birds of Christmas. Some are popular symbols of the holiday in carols or decorations, others are associated with significant parts of the holiday through plants, meals or other associations. Will your favorite Christmas bird make the list?
Our first candidate, the gray partridge, is the same game bird believed to be a namesake for the famous "partridge in a pear tree" of the 12 Days of Christmas fame. These game birds are found throughout Europe and Asia, and have been introduced in North America. They do not migrate, and are likely to be seen in open grassland and other suitable habitat throughout the Christmas season.
What birds represent Christmas for you? Share your choices in the comments, and stay tuned for the next 12 days to see what holiday birds make the list!
Photo © David Mitchell