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Ring Ouzel

The Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) is a European member of the thrush family Turdidae. During times of breeding it is found in the higher regions of western and central Europe and also in the Caucasus. During winter it prefers the warmer south.

Ring Ouzels are omnivorous, and prefer a wide range of insects, earthworms and berries. They nest in bushes or similar, laying several eggs in a neat cup-shaped nest in rocky areas such as gullies or scree slopes.

They do not form flocks, but occasionally several birds may be loosely associated in suitable habitat.

Adult males are all black except for a white crescent on the breast and a yellow bill. The wings have a silvery sheen due to white feather edgings. The male sings its loud and mournful song from trees or rocks. The female is similar but duller, and young birds often lack the breast crescent. Juveniles have brown plumage.

Ring Ouzel


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