The overall distribution of this species can be assessed, and
specific locations where birds have been spotted can be found,
based on individual sighting reports submitted by birdwatchers to
The global distribution of the Ring Ouzel is available
Ring Ouzels are a mostly migratory Eurasian species.
Their range extends from subtropical north-western Africa
to South of the Caspian Sea and from central northern
Africa to the North Cape.
Apart from the slopes of the Caucasus mountain range, their
breeding range is restricted to Europe (see below).
Their winter quarters are primarily in south-eastern Europe,
North Africa, near-coastal Asia Minor and
southward of the Caucasus.
On migration they can be found around the Caucasus, in the
western half of Asia Minor, and south-eastern, central and
large parts of Europe.
Within their total range there are only small areas in which
the Ring Ouzel is sedentary, mostly in parts of Bulgaria,
but also in isolated pockets around the Mediterranean Sea.
The majority is migratory, breeding almost exclusively
in mountain regions (Scottish Highlands, Pyrenees, Alps,
Balkans, High Tatras, Carpathians, Norway and the central
Kola peninsula). There are some breeders in central European
low mountain ranges as well.
The European winter quarters are, except for a small part
of eastern Iberia, the lower Danube valley and much of Greece.
On migration between summer and winter range, they spread
across most of Iberia (except the western quarter), all of
south-eastern, southern, central and western Europe, including
the British Isles, plus southern Scandinavia.
They are not found anywhere eastward of a line connecting
approximately the Danube delta with the Oder river.