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The chough is a striking member of the crow family, now confined to the west coast of Scotland.
Latin Name: Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

Gaelic Name: Cathag dhearg-chasach.

Meaning: Red-legged crow.

Statistics: Body length 39-40cm, wingspan 73-90cm, weight 260-350g.

Physical Description: Medium-sized, graceful crow with down-curved, red bill.
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Scottish Distribution: Islay, Jura, Colonsay.

Habitat: In the UK and Ireland they have adapted to wind-swept, coastal habitats.

Diet: The chough feeds almost entirely on the ground, primarily on insects and larvae, although in winter berries and grains are also important.

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