“On the fourth day of Christmas
My true love sent to me
Four colly birds
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves, and
A partridge in a pear tree.”
Has anyone sent you anything for the fourth day of Christmas?
Door No. 2
On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree
THE TURTLE DOVE
“…The female lays two eggs, and has only one brood in this country, but in warmer climates it is supposed to breed several times in the year.”
Extract from History of British Birds Vol I., page 273, by Thomas Bewick.
History of British Birds is published in two volumes. It was the first field guide for non-specialists and contains accurate illustrations of bird species. Aspects from the History of British Birds is used in poetry and literature.
Find out more about the Bradshaw-Bewick collection.