Turdus torquatus | Ring Ouzel | Lon creige



Conservation status

This species is Red-listed according to Birds of Conservation Concern in Ireland 2020-2026 and is of high conservation value as a result.

The Ring Ouzel is classified as a species of ‘Least Concern’ on a global scale according to the latest IUCN Red List assessment in 2018 and the population trend is stable. 

Species Biology


The male Ring Ouzel is much more conspicuous than the female with black plumage and white breast band. Additionally, the black wings have a white/silver tint to them. Their presence is often detected by their distinctive song.

The female is browner in colouration than the male and the breast band is not as bright.

The Ring Ouzel could be confused with the Blackbird (especially the female Ring Ouzel) but can be told apart from the above-mentioned breast band. Additionally, they tend to be found in different habitats.

The Ring Ouzel stands at a length of approximately 24 cm with a wingspan of 38-42 cm. Weight can vary from 95-130 grams depending on the individual. 


The Ring Ouzel has a varied diet consisting of invertebrates such as insects and annelids to fruits such as berries and even apples.


The Ring Ouzel occurs in remote upland habitats.

Suitable upland breeding habitat includes precipitous valleys and scree slopes with little vegetation.


During the breeding season a clutch of four eggs will be laid and will undergo an incubation period of approximately 13 days. These eggs will weigh around 7.4 grams.

The young will fledge after about two weeks.

Ring Ouzels have a relatively short life expectancy, typically two years. 


World distribution(GBIF)

Irish distribution

This species is a rather rare summer visitor to Ireland and is mostly recorded in Donegal and Kerry.

Only a small number of sites in Ireland can support the Ring Ouzel, hence the rarity of this species in Ireland. 

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2023

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