blackbird vs ousel what difference

what is difference between blackbird and ousel



From Middle English blakebird, blacbrid (ouzel; Eurasian blackbird), equivalent to black +‎ bird.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈblakbəːd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈblækˌbɚd/


blackbird (plural blackbirds)

  1. A common true thrush, Turdus merula, found in woods and gardens over much of Eurasia, and introduced elsewhere.
  2. A variety of New World birds of the family Icteridae (26 species of icterid bird).
  3. (slang, derogatory, historical, among slavers and pirates) A native of the South Pacific islands.


  • (Turdus merula): common blackbird; Eurasian blackbird; merle, merl; ouzel
  • (Icteridae): icterid

Derived terms



blackbird (third-person singular simple present blackbirds, present participle blackbirding, simple past and past participle blackbirded)

  1. To enslave someone, especially through chicanery or force
    • 2005, Wal F. Bird, Me No Go Mally Bulla: Recruiting and Blackbirding in the Queensland Labour Trade 1863–1906, published by Ginninderra Press, →ISBN, →ISBN
    • 2000, Kate Fortune and Brij V. Lal, The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia – Volume 1, published by University of Hawaiʻi, p. 208, →ISBN
      “At the same time, island communities — especially in coastal areas, where the effect of population loss was often enormous — sometimes retaliated against blackbirding raids.”

Coordinate terms

  • ictericus
  • merula
  • merulus

Further reading

  • blackbird on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Icterid on Wikipedia.Wikipedia



  • Rhymes: -uːzəl


ousel (plural ousels)

  1. Alternative form of ouzel


  • Eolus, Seoul, Soule, eusol, loues, louse, oules, soule

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