BIRD 4

Bird Watching (UK) - - April Id Challenge -

Like Bird 3, this ap­par­ently berry-feed­ing thrush is much darker than a ‘typ­i­cal’ thrush, look­ing mostly cold black or very dark grey-brown in colour. This black­ness is bro­ken only by fine whitish edg­ing on the body feath­ers, pro­duc­ing a scaly pat­tern, sil­very lin­ings on the wing feath­ers and what looks to be a creamy cres­cent wrapped around the cen­tre of the breast. Oth­er­wise the bird is black­ish, in­clud­ing the bill and the legs. The dark plumage should nar­row this bird down to Black­bird or Ring Ouzel and the breast band, and pale feather fring­ing, should point to the lat­ter. The creamy tones of the breast band and largely dark (rather than yel­low and black) bill sug­gest this is a fe­male Ring Ouzel.

KEY FEA­TURES Over­all black­ish plumage Pale fring­ing to body feath­ers pro­duces scaly ef­fect Long sil­very wings; pale breast cres­cent Bill and bare parts of leg largely black

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