Plumage black, edged with gray: a crescent-shaped white spot on the breast.

T. torquatus, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. i. p. 166. Ring-Ouzel, Mont. Orn. Diet, and Supp. Selb. Illust. vol. I. p. 169. pl. 44. f. 2. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 122.

Dimensions

Entire length eleven inches.

Description

(Male). The whole plumage black; all the feathers edged with ash-gray: on the upper part of the breast a large crescent-shaped gorget of pure white: bill and legs dusky. (Female). Plumage more clouded with gray: the gorget on the breast smaller, not so well defined, and tinged with reddish brown and gray. In the young female the gorget is scarcely visible: in the young male it is reddish white. (Egg). Light blue, mottled with spots of ash-gray and light brown: long. diam. one inch two lines; trans, diam. ten lines.

Not a common species. Occasionally observed in small flocks about Spring and Autumn, on its passage to and from the northern and mountainous parts of the kingdom where it breeds. Does not winter in England. Nest placed on the ground; in form and texture resembling that of the Blackbird. Food insects and berries.