Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax)

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How Big Is It ?

Aprox 40 cm , weighing 300 g

What Does The Chough Look Like ?

Distictive bill , orange red. Plumage black with blue gloss , skilfull acrobatic flier

Where does it live?

High mountains in winter also in valleys.


Coastal marshes, estuaries, inland wetlands, reservoirs, ploughed fields, pasture, playing fields and rubbish tips.

When does it Breed ?

April to June , 3 - 6 eggs, Incubation 17 - 23 days , young fledging at 37 - 40 days Colonial breeder.

Where to see it

The commonest inland gull, particularly in N England, Scotland and Wales. Large colonies along the south and east coasts of England.

What does it sound like

Calls such as " pierr " "kiyar " " khrii "

What does it eat?

Worms, insects, snails , seed and berries.