Alpine Chough (subspecies P. g. graculus) in the Dolomites, Italy - July 2004
OTHER NAMES: Yellow-Billed Chough
Local Name (Italy): Gracchio Alpino ("Alpine Chough")
Featured Subspecies: Pyrrhocorax graculus graculus
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List Least Concern
The Alpine Chough is a mountain species found throughout Eurasia and in North Africa. They are noisy and gregarious, forming flocks of 20+ individuals. In the Dolomites where I saw this species they seemed to congregate around areas where people gathered such as mountain huts and picnic sites where they took food from them. They are generally a high altitude species, feeding on meadows beneath cliffs suitable for them to nest on.
Subspecies: P. g. graculus. P. g. digitatus
- Sighting Locations -
ITALY - A fairly common resident of the high mountains.
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List