Re: birding-aus Stunned as he cross checks his native tongue?

To: John Gamblin <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Stunned as he cross checks his native tongue?
From: Peter Pfeiffer <>
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 12:00:34 +1000
At 03:28 PM 12/16/99 -0800, you wrote:
>By jove, he's got it?
>He's really got it?
>David McDonald <> wrote:
>I asked the question: what is a 'colly-bird' in the
>context of the traditional English song 'The Twelve
>Days of Christmas':
>'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.'
>The list and I received a range of responses,
>including this gem: 'A colly bird is one that perches
>on cauliflowers', 
>Don't have to guess? or do we? where that one came
>from? South Australia perhaps? hahahahaha

All this talk about colly birds. Does any-one have the words to the 'real'
version ( the aussie version ) that ends with and a Kookaburra in a Gum Tree. 


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