Yellow-billed Chough

Pyrrhocorax graculus

(P. g. graculus)

Armenian Name: Ալպիական ճայ
Species Status: Threatened Species - Species of Special Concern
Yellow-billed Chough

See Plate 59 for Yellow-billed Chough and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:38 cm, Wing Span:75-85 cm
Distribution Map: Map 341.
Description: Black with rounded wings and long rounded tail. At rest, tips of wings much shorter than tip of tail.
Adult: Short slightly-decurved yellow bill and dull pinkish-red legs.
Juvenile: Pale gray-yellow bill with dark tip, and blackish legs.
Similar Species: Red-billed Chough.
Behavior: Highly gregarious. Breeds at high elevations and feeds along rocky cliffs and in mountain grasslands. Agile flier, soaring at great heights around mountain tops.
Habitat: High mountain cliffs, alpine meadows; lower elevations in winter.
Food: Invertebrates, berries.
Nest: Bulky base of stems with finely lined cup, deep in almost inaccessible crevice or cave in cliff.
Eggs: 38 mm, 5-7, white, dark brown spots.