Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus
(aka Alpine Chough)
Alpine Chough, Delphi, Greece, November 2002 - click for larger image Greece and Morocco

The Yellow-billed Chough is distributed in the mountains of southern Europe, northern Africa, Turkey, Iran and into central China. It is only rarely found below 1500 metres.

Alpine Chough, Delphi, Greece, November 2002 - click for larger image It is a medium sized crow some 15% larger than a Jackdaw. It looks similar to Red-billed Chough P. pyrrhocorax but has a shorter and yellow bill, broader wings with only about 4 separated primaries (Red-billed Chough has 5 to 6), and a longer tail.

It is also more gregarious and collects in large flocks. The flock in photo 3 at Delphi had over 200 members.

Alpine Chough, Delphi, Greece, November 2002 - click for larger image It feeds mainly on insects except in autumn and winter when it eats berries as well as scraps from ski resorts, etc..
Alpine Chough, Oukaimeden, Morocco, May 2014 - click for larger image
Alpine Chough, Oukaimeden, Morocco, May 2014 - click for larger image
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