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Birds

Red-billed
Chough

Least Concern

Decreasing

Red-billed Chough

Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

This bird has glossy black plumage, a long curved red bill, red legs, and a loud, ringing call. It has a buoyant acrobatic flight with widely spread primaries. The red-billed chough pairs for life and displays fidelity to its breeding site, which is usually a cave or crevice in a cliff face. It builds a wool-lined stick nest and lays three eggs. It feeds, often in flocks, on short grazed grassland, taking mainly invertebrate prey.

It breeds on mountains and coastal cliffs from the western coasts of Ireland and Britain east through southern Europe and North Africa to Central Asia, India and China.

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Regional Names
  • Marathi:
    हिमकाक
  • Nepali:
    टुङ्गा
  • Sanskrit:
    लोहतुण्ड काकोल, सुवर्ण काक
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Taxanomy

PASSERIFORMES
CORVIDAE
Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

Quick Facts
  • It is a proficient flier and able to perform various acrobatics in the air.
Red-billed Chough

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