I spent the first three months of 2015 at Sylvan Heights Bird Park, North Carolina. Included in their vast collection of exotic birds, was our dear old Blackbird.
Seeing them in captivity, as a part of a collection was quite odd. Absurd even. To me. But to Americans they are foreign birds! When visitors from other continents visit our zoos in Europe, I presume they must experience absurdities also. Seeing animals that we think of as exotic, but that they see every day back home.
The captive male Blackbird does sing. So I say that any visitor that is lucky enough to hear him should appreciate his beauty.
… 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.