Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax)

Taken at Mwnt, Ceredigion, on May 4th 2014.
(1/125th sec at f13. © David Hastings)


L: 37 - 41 cm; WS : 68 - 80cm

The Chough's red beak and red legs immediately distinguish it from other members of the crow family. The sexes are similar.

It has a restricted distribution in the British Isles, being found in west Wales, south-west Scotland, the Isle of Man and western Ireland.

Its prefered habitat is rocky coasts with short grassland.

Choughs readily display their mastery of flight, with aerial displays of diving and swooping. Birds gather in flocks in autumn and winter.

The Chough is an amber list species because of its small population size. There are 250-350 pairs in Great Britain, and 120-150 pairs on the Isle of Man


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