British wildlife recordings
Turdus torquatus : Ring Ouzel - Turdidae
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Dartmoor, Devon: OS Grid Reference(258500,80500)
Ring Ouzel, Turdus torquatus
The call of the ring ouzel recorded on Dartmoor, Devon. This summer visitor can be seen in upland areas of Scotland, Wales, northern England and parts of the southwest where they come to breed. During the migration passage however, the ring ouzel is more likely to be seen along the south and east coast of England especially on short grassland. Extremely similar in appearance to the blackbird, this species possesses a prominent white breast band and slightly paler plumage. Another distinguishing feature is a much simpler song and ‘tac tac’ call, in comparison with the blackbird’s rich repertoire. Recently the ring ouzel has seen a significant population decline which has led to it becoming a Red List species.