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Varieties, more or less white, are occasionally met with. The usual
cry of this bird is a short shrill chirp, uttered at small
intervals. 1 am informed by a correspondent, that a Himalayan
species of Thrush, figured by Gould, but not yet named, has twice
occurred in this country. My informant calls it the Mottle- backed
Thrush, but as I know nothing of its habits, I am compelled to
confine myself to this cursory notice. Genus MERULA, Will. OUZEL.
Garden Ouzel, Merula vulgaris, Will. When snow-drops die, and the
green primrose leaves Announce the coming flower, the Merle's note,
Mellifluous, rich, deep-toned, fills all the vale, And charms the
ravished ear. The hawthorn bush New budded, is his perch; there the
grey dawn He hails; and there, with parting light, concludes His
melody. Oka Ha Ue's Birds of Scotland. Synosyms.?Merula vulgaris,
Will. Orn.?Selby's Br. Orn.?Analyst, No. 13. ?Turdus merula, Linn.
Syet.?Lath. Ind. Orn.?Black Ouzel, Bbw. Hist. Br.
Birds.?Yellow-bill Ouzel, Analyst, No. 13. This well known bird is
resident and common in every part of the British Islands, and is
one of our most admired songsters. It pairs early in March, and
commences building about the end of that month, generally somewhat
before the Garden Thrush. It inhabits such various localities, that
it is no easy matter to determine what are its favourite haunts. I
think, however, that it is mostly found in walled gardens, and
woods near houses, abounding with laurels and other thick bushes.
Here it conceals itself in the thickest shades, during the whole
day, only rising to the top of the bushes for the purpose of
pouring forth its rich melody. It is considerably shyer and fonder
of seclusion than any of the other British Turdidte, and only
appears in open ground.early in the mor...
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