Ring Ouzel (Immature winter)
Scientific Name 
Turdus torquatus
Arabic Name 
الشحرور أبيض الحنجرة
Kuwaiti name 
24.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Vagrant. A mountain bird driven south by severe winters; it may seem very out of place in a desert oasis. In Kuwait it has been seen mainly in late autumn and winter at a variety of farms and also at Jahra Pool Reserve.
Where in Kuwait 
Only 7 records for Kuwait, with the last seen at Al Abraq in November 2008, but it has also been recorded at Jahra Pools, Jahra Farm and Wafra
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and a population that is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat alteration and disturbance. It breeds in the higher regions of western and central Europe and also in the Caucasus. Most populations are migratory, wintering in the Mediterranean region. It is the mountain equivalent of the closely related Eurasian Blackbird. As with the English name, the scientific name also refers to the male's obvious white neck crescent, being derived from the Latin words turdus, "thrush", and torque, "torc" (neck ring).
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation