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Yellow Billed Chough

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The Yellow Billed Chough

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“Pyrrhocorax Graculas”

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The Alpine Chough or Yellow Billed Chough is one of the crow family and breeds high up in the mountains.

In Europe between 4000 and 9,450 feet and a lot higher up in the Himalayas

The bird below was photographed in the shadow of the Matterhorn in Zermatt Switzerland.

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It has a yellow bill and red legs and glossy black plumage.

They eat fruit and invertebrates and will gather around tourists for food too.

They are 37 to 39cm long and have a wingspan of 75 to 85cm. Males are larger than the females and weigh in at 191 to 244 grams

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