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Ring Ouzel

Turdus torquatus

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Uncommon to fairly common but local summer migrant from winter grounds in Mediterranean region and North Africa. Found in open country, especially wild moorland slopes with rocky crags and boulders; migrants occur in fields, open farmland. Rather shy, flying into cover or far away over slopes when disturbed. Adult blackish overall with frosty pale wing edgings. Male has bold white collar across chest, female collar dingier white. Immature in autumn–winter has much duller collar. Bill duller yellow than Eurasian Blackbird, with dark top edge and tip.

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