Conservation status: Amber
While its black plumage identifies it as a crow, the chough (pronounced 'chuff') has a red bill and legs unlike any other member of the crow family. It has a restricted westerly distribution in the British Isles and because of its small population size and historically declining populations it is an Amber List species. It readily displays its mastery of flight with wonderful aerial displays of diving and swooping. Found in flocks in autumn and winter.
Chough - in flight
Where to see them
Rocky coasts with short grassland. RSPB reserves at South Stack, Anglesey; Loch Gruinart, Islay; and along the Causeway coast, N Ireland.
When to see them
All year round.
What they eat
Insects and larvae
|Europe||UK breeding*||UK wintering*||UK passage*|
|-||250-350 pairs in Great Britain; 120-150 pairs on the Isle of Man||-||-|