Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus

Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus

The Alpine Chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus), also called Yellow-billed Chough iis a Eurasian member of the crow family, Corvidae. It breeds locally in the highest mountains of southern Europe, the Alps, across central Asia and Kashmir.

It is resident throughout its range. A prehistoric subspecies that lived in Europe during the last ice age was described as Pyrrhocorax graculus vetus. It is closely related to the Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) and shares its glossy black plumage and red legs. However, the Alpine Chough’s long curved bill is yellow rather than red.

Factsheet: Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus 


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