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    Study finds rare ring ouzel doing well in Snowdonia

    NewsStrange but TrueMonday 24 October 2011
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    Wales

    One of Wales most endangered birds is faring better in Snowdonia than elsewhere in the country, say experts.
     
    The three year study of the ring ouzel was carried over miles of challenging terrain, with experts using birdsong recordings to attract it.
     
    The bird, also called the mountain blackbird, prefers life on craggy and remote slopes.
    One researcher found 25 bird territories high on Cadair Idris in Snowdonia.
     
    Dave Smith used recordings of birdsong to prompt resident birds to reply.
    The birds are called ring ouzels and their Welsh name is "mwyalchen y mynydd", which translates as "blackbird of the mountains". They are said to be an upland cousin of the garden blackbird.
     
    They spend the winter in the Atlas Mountains in north Africa before flying to Wales, northern England and Scotland to nest among crags and rocky slopes.

    Source: BBC News

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