How Many Birds Are In The 12 Days Of Christmas Carol?

Partridge

There is a total of 184 birds in the 12 Days of Christmas.

Here’s how to work it out:

Day 1 – a partridge in a pear tree (1 bird)

Day 2 – 2 turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree (3 birds)

Day 3 – 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree (6 birds)

Day 4 – 4 colly (or calling birds), 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree (10 birds)

Day 5 – 10 birds again

Day 6 – 6 geese-a-laying, 4 colly birds, 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree (16 birds)

Day 7 – 7 swans-a-swimming, 6 geese-a-laying, 4 colly birds, 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree (23 birds)

Day 8 – 23 birds

Day 9 – 23 birds

Day 10 – 23 birds

Day 11 – 23 birds

Day 12 – 23 birds

Add all the days together and you get 184 birds.

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