red billed chough

September 25, 2016 - Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax)

Requested by: the-genderman

Known for their acrobatic flight, these corvids are found in parts of Europe, North Africa, and Asia. They eat mostly insects, such as beetle and fly larvae, foraging by digging into the ground with their bills or overturning stones. They also sometimes pluck ticks from sheep and hide food under rocks or plants. Usually breeding in small colonies, males build nests from dry plants on ledges, cliffs, mine shafts, and abandoned buildings. Females line the nests with wool collected by the pair. Males then feed the females and chicks, with females helping to feed the chicks just before they fledge. After they leave the nest, but before they can fly well, the young birds often hide under rocks and in cavities while their parents are away.