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