… four Colly birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Yes you did read that correctly. Colly, not calling. The original and correct word.
So what is a Colly bird? Its a blackbird of course. Our common friendly European blackbird. Colly meant as black as coal. Colliery, coal, colly, see…? And why did the Americans or Ozzies change the word to Calling bird? No idea!
So what can we say about our blackbird? Other than that they hav one of the most beautiful songs in the world, they love worms, and they are just darn cute. In some countries they still eat them, but not here.