Definition of ring ouzel in English:

ring ouzel

(also ring ousel)

Pronunciation /ˈriNG ˌo͞ozəl/ /ˈrɪŋ ˌuzəl/

noun

  • 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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Similarly I can recall seeing blackcock, grouse, ring ousel and merlin on Exmoor until the mid sixties.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’