Ring Ouzel
Turdus torquatus

– medium-sized passerine, size of Common Blackbird but longer wings
– nocturnal migrant, migration may continue during the day
– migrates singly or in very small, rather loose flocks


Ring Ouzel Turdus t. torquatus, F
BIF2748, 07/10/2018, Helgoland, Germany, Roland Neumann
– wings pointier and flight less flapping as Common Blackbird more like Fieldfare
– in F the pale pectoral halfmoon is not always easy to recognise (more distinctive in spring)


Ring Ouzel Turdus t. torquatus, F
BIF2749, 07/10/2018, Helgoland, Germany, Roland Neumann
same as BIF2748
– in autumn the base colour is a dark greyish brown (black brown in F Common Blackbird)
– in good light the head may appear somewhat lighter brown


Ring Ouzel Turdus t. torquatus, F
BIF2750, 07/10/2018, Helgoland, Germany, Roland Neumann
– in autumn the body appears faintly scaly due to the pale fringed newly moulted feathers (never shown by Common Blackbird)


Ring Ouzel Turdus t. torquatus, 2CY F
BIF2244, 19/04/2018, Helgoland, Germany, Roland Neumann
– in spring F darker brown than in autumn similar in colour, black tail slightly contrasting to very dark brown upperside.
– if only seen from above the white fringes to remiges, greater and primary coverts are a good feature to separate it from Common Blackbird
– aged as 2CY by moult limit in greater coverts (longer and darker inner GCs)


Ring Ouzel Turdus t. torquatus, 2CY M
BIF1926, 21/04/2017, Helgoland, Germany, Roland Neumann
– M in spring show a uniform black body
– wings with pale fringed feathers
– note clearly pointier wings than Common Blackbird
– aged as 2CY by moult limit in greater coverts


Ring Ouzel Turdus t. torquatus, 2CY M
BIF1925, 21/04/2017, Helgoland, Germany, Roland Neumann
– white pectoral band in M more distinctive than in F


Ring Ouzel Turdus t. torquatus, M
BIF1921, 21/04/2017, Helgoland, Germany, Roland Neumann
– underwing completely dark


Ring Ouzel Turdus t. torquatus, M
BIF1922, 21/04/2017, Helgoland, Germany, Roland Neumann


Ring Ouzel Turdus t. torquatus, M
BIF1923, 21/04/2017, Helgoland, Germany, Roland Neumann


Ring Ouzel Turdus t. torquatus, M
BIF1927, 21/04/2017, Helgoland, Germany, Roland Neumann

voice:


Ring Ouzel Turdus t. torquatus, flight call, excitement calls during migration
BIF1920, 08/05/2016, Mounthooly, Great Britain, Patrick Franke
Sennheiser MKH 60/30


Ring Ouzel Turdus t. torquatus, flight call during migration
BIF1920, 08/05/2016, Mounthooly, Great Britain, Patrick Franke
Sennheiser MKH 60/30


Ring Ouzel Turdus t. torquatus, social call, excitement call during migration
BIF1931, 14/04/2017, North Sea, offshore, Roland Neumann


Ring Ouzel Turdus t. torquatus, social call during migration
BIF1931, 14/04/2017, North Sea, offshore, Roland Neumann

comparison species:
Common Blackbird (v) (a)
Fieldfare (a)

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