Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
Red-billed Chough, Samaria Gorge, Crete, November 2002 - click for larger image The Red-billed Chough is distributed in southern Europe, northern Africa, Turkey, Iran and into northern China. In western Europe it is found on coastal and inland cliffs and crags while elsewhere it is found in similar habitat to Alpine Chough P. graculus although tending to lower altitudes.
Red-billed Chough, Kourtaliotiko Gorge, Crete, November 2002 - click for larger image It is a medium sized crow which looks similar to Alpine Chough but has a longer, more decurved and red bill, more fingered wings and a shorter tail. It is highly acrobatic and a great flyer.

It feeds mainly on the ground where it looks for insects and other wee beasties.

Red-billed Chough, Samaria Gorge, Crete, November 2002 - click for larger image Photos 1 to 3 were taken in Greece and are of the sub-species P. p. docilis, photo 4 from Ireland is of the nominate sub-species, photo 5 from Bhutan is of P. p. himalayanus and photos 6 to 8 from Morocco are of the sub-species P. p. barbarus.
Red-billed Chough, Great Blasket Island, Ireland, July 2005 - click for larger image
Red-billed Chough, Punakha, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image
Red-billed Chough, Oukaimeden, Morocco, May 2014 - click for larger image
Red-billed Chough, Oukaimeden, Morocco, May 2014 - click for larger image
Red-billed Chough, Oukaimeden, Morocco, May 2014 - click for larger image
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