Ring Ouzel

      Turdus torquatus

      Information

      The Ring Ouzel is a typical mountain bird in the Jura Mountains and Alps. It occupies its territories as soon as there are snow-free areas. The males begin to sing in the morning in complete darkness, mostly before other thrush species. Snowfall in spring may occasionally drive the birds back to lower altitudes where they hold out for a few days. It is remarkable that large numbers of northern passage migrants cross our country practically unnoticed on the way to their wintering places in Northwest Africa. In this case, our awareness of visible bird migration does not fully correspond with reality.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      regular, common breeder and migrant, rare winter visitor
      Annual cycle
      The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
      Annual cycle
      Annual cycle

      Facts

      Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
      50'000 - 75'000 (2013-2016)
      Migration behaviour
      short-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Diurnal and nocturnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      24-27
      wing span (cm)
      38-42
      Weight (g)
      90-130
      Nest site
      trees
      Food
      insects, earthworms
      Group
      Chats and Thrushes
      Habitat
      forest, alpine habitats
      Distribution
      Distribution
      Distribution