Red-billed Chough

Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

(P. p. docilis)

Armenian Name: Կարմրակտուց ճայ
Species Status: Undetermined Species - Species of Special Concern
Red-billed Chough

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

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:39-40 cm, Wing Span:73-90 cm
Distribution Map: Map 340.
Description: Black with broad rounded wings, square-tipped tail, red legs, and slightly-decurved red bill. At rest, tips of wings extend to tip of tail.
Adult: Blue- and green-glossed plumage, red bill, and red legs.
Juvenile: Duller brown-black plumage, shorter bill which varies from pink to orange to dull red, and orange to red legs.
Similar Species: Differs from Yellow-billed Chough by longer orangish or red bill and shorter tail.
Behavior: Gregarious and noisy; feeds in flocks near mountain tops, meadows, open orchards. Very agile flier, often soaring up to great heights before moving to next feeding area.
Habitat: High mountain cliffs and meadows; lower elevations in winter.
Food: Invertebrates, grain, fruits.
Nest: Bulky base of stems with finely lined cup in crevice or cave of cliff.
Eggs: 39 mm, 3-5, yellowish-white, pale brown-yellow blotches.