Red-billed chough flying

Red-billed chough

Red-billed choughs are acrobatic members of the crow family that have unique, bright red, curved bills. Within the UK they are restricted to the coasts of Cornwall, Wales, and a few isolated regions of Scotland. They engage in spectacular aerial displays, and courtship involves the preening and feeding of the female by the male. Neighbourly hillside sheep keep turf short, allowing choughs to probe the ground in search of insects. The relationship is mutually beneficial since choughs often perch on the backs of sheep to remove ticks.

Scientific name: Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

Rank: Species

Common names:


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Map showing the distribution of the Red-billed chough taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Red-billed chough can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, China, Europe, Himalayas, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Red-billed chough distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Perching birds
  6. Crows and ravens
  7. Pyrrhocorax
  8. Red-billed chough

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