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Chough - Pembrokeshire

Chough - "Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax"

Can be seen around the Pembrokeshire Coast . A breeding resident , the only black bird with red bill and legs / The chough is the rarest member of the crow family / 40% of the UK breeding population can be found along the cliffs of the Castlemartin Peninsula, and the islands of Ramsey, Skomer and Skokholm.

It readily displays its mastery of flight with wonderful aerial displays of diving and swooping / Found in flocks in autumn and winter / Feeds on Insects and larval grubs , ants , lichen / While its black plumage identifies it as a crow, the chough ( pronounced 'chuff ' ) has a red bill and legs unlike any other member of the crow family / Nest of sticks and hair in rock crevices or sea caves / Typical Lifespan - 7years / 7395 /

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Taken on August 1, 2010