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Alpine Chough

(Pyrrhocorax graculus)
Alternate name(s): "Yellow-billed Chough"
German name(s): "Alpendohle"

Size: 37-39 cm; wing span 75-85 cm
Weight: 190-250 g


Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Alpine Chough at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "graculus"


Sex unknown

Alpine Choughs foraging in a high-altitude meadow; note the yellow bills (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Pester plateau, Serbia, June 2017]

Alpine Choughs foraging in a high-altitude meadow (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Pester plateau, Serbia, June 2017]

Ventral view of an Alpine Chough in flight (photo courtesy of G. Normand)
[Pyrenees, near Merens-les-Vals, Ariege, France, in June 2021]


Alpine Choughs can form large flocks, of up to hundreds of birds. It is unusual that they do so not only in winter and or the time of dispersal, but also during the breeding season.

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