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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bird of the thrush kind, Turdus torquatus or Merula torquata, resembling and closely related to the blackbird, Turdus merula or Merula vulgaris, but having a white ring or bar on the breast; the ring-blackbird. See cut under ouzel.


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  • "He had cut open the crops of cuckoos and nightjars and ring-ouzels to find out what they were eating." The Countryman British farm journal, Autumn, 1955, p.46. Article about Gilbert White's 1789 book The Natural History and Antiquities of Selbourne.

    January 28, 2010