Cornish Choughs

This pair of native Choughs successfully bred and fled four young in 2007- West Cornwall, they must be quite a large family, by now! The Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) is a member of the crow family with a red beak and legs, and an excitable, high-pitched ‘chi-ow’ call from which it gets its name. It is extremely acrobatic and its tumbling display flights make a truly impressive sight. The Chough is included in Cornwall’s coat of arms alongside the miner and the fisherman, reflecting the bird’s importance in Cornish culture. it is said that King Arthur was transformed into a chough when he died, the red feet and beak representing his violent, bloody end.

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