Scientific name: Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
Nature Stars: 80
About: A small, glossy black crow, about 38cm long. Chough live on short grazed grassland and coastal heathland where they probe in the ground with their long red bill for insects such as leatherjackets and beetle larvae.
How to identify: Told from the similar Jackdaw by the long curved red bill, red legs and entirely glossy black plumage.
Where: A rare bird of sea cliffs around south west Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. A tiny population has returned to the far west of Cornwall.
Fantastic fact: The Chough is the symbol of Cornwall. In recent years, a tiny population of Chough has returned to nest in Cornwall, after having been extinct there for many years.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc