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Common name Ring ouzel
Scientific name Turdus torquatus
Type Shrubland birds
Status Wintering

Medium-sized bird (about 24 cm or 9.5 in) similar to the Common Blackbird. Plumage of dark tones, black in the male and brown in the female, with an appreciable slight flaked design and a white bib in the shape of a half moon on the breast. The bill is orange and the wings have pale spots.



Where it lives

Sierras and areas of medium and high mountain with pine woods, junipers, junipers and scrub interspersed with pasture Sierras and areas of medium and high mountain with pine forests, junipers, savins and scrub interspersed with pasture. High mountain open pine forests.

How it lives

Wintering species in Malaga that in its breeding territories (northern Spain and Europe) begins to reproduce in April, making between one and two annual layings of 3 to 6 eggs. It feeds on insects, supplementing its diet with small fruits of junipers, savins or hawthorn in autumn and winter.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

It is a common bird in the areas of medium and high mountain of Malaga, although not abundant. It can be watched in Sierra de las Nieves and Sierra Tejeda. Abundant, but very localized in Sierra Blanca. In the Great Path it is present in stages 10, 11, 23 and 31.

Curious facts

Ring ouzels are dour and elusive birds, very much in tune with the harsh habitat where they live. They are rarely seen perched. It is much easier to see them in flight. In winter, in Malaga, they usually appear on flocks near pylons, fountains, headwaters of mountain streams and areas with humidity in medium and high mountain pine woods.

Wintering Summer Resident Migration