It could be several things. However, I think the most likely bird is the Hen Harrier, also called the Ring-tail Harrier or Ring Tail. Without more context, it is hard to say. The scientific name for this bird is Circus cyaneus and the common name in French would be le Busard Saint-Martin.
Many birds have ringed tails, however, and there are many Ringed-tailed birds. Ring tail is also a disease, see below.
Bird seen at Buskett - September 2000 - [ Traduzca esta página ]
... 44, Marsh Harriers. 1, Ring Tail Harrier. 2, Lesser Kestrels.
1, Hobby. 1, Eleonora's Falcon (light phase). ...
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... winged Plover * Please complete a Rare Bird Record form. 254 Lappet-faced ... Sanderling
* 36 Cory's Shearwater 262z 'Ring-tail' Harrier 501 Little Stint 38 ...
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... 3 Little Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ring tail) - Neston Marsh (Denhall Gutter). 5 Red ... during
an excellent Parkgate High Tide Bird Watch, the tide came right in ...
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Hen Harrier, Circus cyaneus - [ Traduzca esta página ]
... field to rest and doze in the midday sun, my wife spotted a ring-tail hen harrier
quartering a beet field yet to be harvested. Gracefully and effortlessly the ...
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St Helens Wildlife Recording Group - Birds in 2000 - [ Traduzca esta página ]
... low down, at a distance of about 30 metres, mobbed by Lapwings, Oystercatchers
and even a Yellow Wagtail! By now it was obviously a ‘ring-tail’ harrier. ...
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The tail-feathers of this bird are highly valued by the various tribes of American Indians for ornamenting their calumets or pipes of peace. Several of these pipes, which were brought from the remote regions of Louisiana by Captain Lewis, are now deposited in Mr. Peale's Museum, each of which has a number of the tail-feathers of this bird attached to it. The northern as well as the southern Indians seem to follow the like practice, as appears by the numerous calumets, formerly belonging to different tribes, to be seen in the same magnificent collection.
Birds have a foot disorder that seems closely related to a medical problem that only the rat has. Under conditions of low humidity, rat pups may develop ring-tail, which is marked by a ring-like constriction of portions of the tail. The young rats often lose a portion of the tail and end up looking like a giant hamster. In the young parrot, it is thought that low humidity conditions can be linked to a similar syndrome resulting in ring-like constrictions of the toes. As in the rat, the young birds - primarily macaws - may lose portions of their toes. Early treatment of the chicks by a veterinarian can often prevent the actual loss of a toe, although a scar or deformity sometimes remains for life.
Note added at 2002-01-19 22:45:06 (GMT)
I have noticed you posted another question about an animal from Arizona. If this ring-tail is also from Arizona, they may well be referring to the ring-tail cat, also called ring-tail or ringtail. I don\'t know which bird it could be if it is from Arizona. Have you any more information?
Ring-tail cat (Bassariscus astutus)
Range and Habitat:
The ring tailed cat, also known as the miner\'s cat and the civet cat, lives in the arid rocky regions and woodland areas of south-western United States, in the states of: Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Ring tailed cats weigh about 2 - 3 lb. (1 - 1.5 kg) and are about 16 in (40 cm) in length, plus an additional 16 in (40 cm) for the length of the tail. Females are slightly smaller than males. They are generally a greyish brown color, with between 14 - 16 alternating bands of black and fawn on their tail. They have white markings above and below each eye and on their muzzle, with black markings coming from the inside corner of each eye leading down the side of the muzzle. Their ears are dark grey with a lighter tip. They have five toes on each foot, with non-retractable claws.
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