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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Ring Ouzel

 

 

Awaiting image for this species

 

 

Ring Ouzel

Turdus torquatus

Gaelic: Dubh-chreige

 

  • Ring Ouzel
  • Turdus torquatus
  • Gaelic: Dubh-chreige
  • UK: 6,500 pairs - in decline - RED LIST BTO
  • UK: Migrant breeder, passage visitor. Arrives March, April leaves in September
  • WI: Scarce passage visitor (very small numbers each year)
    3 records of singing males, but no breeding records
  • Breeds: Moorland. Europe, near East
  • Winters: Africa, Middle East
  • Habitat: Moorland (migration short grassy coastal areas)
  • Diet: Spring-early & summer earthworms, insects, otherwise mostly berries
  • Like a blackbird but males have a pale wing panel and striking white breast band.
    Shy, but often with other thrushes after breeding season
  • Listen to a Ring Ouzel on the RSPB site
  • Similar birds: Blackbird

 

In March 2007 a photograph of a black bird with a patch of white either side of throat sent in for identification.

The bird was identified as a leucistic Blackbird. The comments and photographs that were contributed are invaluable in distinguishing betweeen a Ring Ouzel and a leucistic Blackbird.

 

Ring Ouzel records in the Western Isles

Scarce passage visitor (very small numbers each year)
3 records of singing males, but no breeding records
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)

 


The chart below shows how abundant the Ring Ouzel is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

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