AskDefine | Define chough

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chough n : a European corvine bird of small or medium size with red legs and glossy black plumage

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Middle English choȝe, apparently from West *|kāwa though not present in Old English. Cognate with Dutch kauw.





  1. A crow, Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, of Eurasia that breeds mainly in high mountains and on coastal sea cliffs.


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Extensive Definition

Chough is the genus Pyrrhocorax of birds in the Corvidae (crow) family.
They are predominantly black in colour with brightly coloured legs, feet, and bills. They have long broad wings and perform spectacular aerobatics.
This genus is not to be mistaken for the White-winged Chough of Australia.
The two species are:
chough in German: Pyrrhocorax
chough in French: Pyrrhocorax
chough in Dutch: Pyrrhocorax
chough in Japanese: ベニハシガラス属
chough in Portuguese: Pyrrhocorax
chough in Turkish: Dağ kargası
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