Elegant, Refined, and Subtle: The Ring Ouzel

A taxidermy case of a Ring Ouzel by J. Cullingford of Durham
Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection

This very fine taxidermy case of a Ring Ouzel (Turdus Torquatus) is by J. Cullingford of Durham.

The Cullingford firm was active in the late 19th century.   It was run by Joseph Cullingford, who became Curator of the University Museum, Palace Green, Durham in 1877. 

The Ring Ouzel is sometimes referred to as the Mountain Blackbird— it is associated with high, wild places including Dartmoor, the Yorkshire Dales, and the Peak District. The blackbird is a cousin of the Ring Ouzel, but the Ring Ouzel has exceptional plumage.  The Ring Ouzel is an elegant, refined, and subtle bird.


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