Pyrrhocorax – Choughes

Chough’s looks make it apparent that they are relatives of crows, but red legs and red/yellow bills give them a unique identity

These beautiful birds wear black (glossy) leather jackets and enjoy living on the islands, grasslands, rocky areas, and mountains. Groups of these birds can peacefully enjoy a feast reflecting their social nature, but they might not be very friendly with other species.

The strong wings accompanied by updraughts help them fly effortlessly. The aerial displays shown by these birds are worth watching. Moreover, the alpine choughs show intellectual behavior, like hiding food in cracks and fissures covered by a few pebbles. Did you know that the chough is the symbol of Cornwall? It appears on the Coat of Arms, and tradition has it that King Arthur was transformed into a chough upon his death.