One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A European thrush that resembles a blackbird with a white crescent across the breast, inhabiting upland moors and mountainous country.
Turdus torquatus, subfamily Turdinae, family Muscicapidae
- ‘Maps featuring a self-guided trail around the Bowland area will be available, pointing the way to manned checkpoints, where people can look for moorland birds, such as hen harriers and ring ouzels.’
- ‘We also talked about how the flat top of Penhill is a peat bog once harvested for fuel and not easily penetrated and he most usefully pointed out the best route for us and said we may see a ring ouzel.’
- ‘Similarly I can recall seeing blackcock, grouse, ring ousel and merlin on Exmoor until the mid sixties.’
- ‘Unlike the blackbird, the ring ouzel is usually wary and wild, shunning the neighbourhood of human habitation.’
- ‘Other species such as the wheatear, ring ouzel, and sandwich tern have all been observed about one week earlier than usual.’
ring ouzel/ˈriNG ˌo͞ozəl/
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