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Alternative names: Common Chough; Cornish Chough
38 - 41cm. A medium-sized corvid.
Sexes similar. Juveniles have duller plumage and dull orange bill.
 Similar species
Can be confused with Yellow-billed Chough if bill is not seen. The broad wings with the distinctive fingers are typical for Red-billed Chough.
It breeds in Great Britain, the Isle of Man, Ireland, southern Europe and the Mediterranean basin, the Alps, and in mountainous country across central Asia, India and China. There is an isolated population in the Ethiopian highlands.
Eight subspecies accepted:
Hybrids with Yellow-billed Chough have been reported.
Coastal cliffs and high mountain pastures. Up to 6000m in the Himalayas and reported at 7950m near Mount Everest.
Diet includes insects and terrestrial molluscs.
It has a loud, ringing call chee-ow.
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