Birds of Morni: Red-billed Chough

Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) a bird of the crow family, has velvet-black plummage with a glossy-green body. The long curved bill and the legs are red.The bird has a length of 15 inches and its wing span can reach 3 feet.The nasal call is loud and ringing. It inhabits the higher Himalayas (2400 m to 3000 m ). It builds its nest in crevices in rock faces. It can excavate deep holes in sandstone. It feeds on insects, spiders and other invertebrates from the ground. It also feeds on grain from the fields.