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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The _throstle_, the _red-wing_, and the _fieldfare_, which migrated in March, now return; and the _ring-ouzel_ arrives from the Welsh and Scottish Alps to winter in more sheltered situations.
Some birds, haunting with the missel-thrushes, and feeding on the berries of the yew tree, which answered to the description of the _merula torquata_, or ring-ouzel, were lately seen in this neighbourhood.
Your letter came too late for me to procure a ring-ouzel for Mr. Tunstal during their autumnal visit; but I will endeavour to get him one when they call on us again in April.