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chough

 (chŭf)
n.
1. A crowlike Old World bird of the genus Pyrrhocorax, especially P. pyrrhocorax, having black plumage and red legs.
2. The white-winged chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos) of Australia, which is similar in appearance to the Old World choughs.

[Middle English, any of various crowlike birds such as the chough and jackdaw; akin to Dutch kauw, jackdaw, probably ultimately imitative of the birds' calls.]

chough

(tʃʌf)
n
1. (Animals) a large black passerine bird, Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, of parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa, with a long downward-curving red bill: family Corvidae (crows)
2. (Animals) alpine chough a smaller related bird, Pyrrhocorax graculus, with a shorter yellow bill
[C14: of uncertain origin; probably related to Old French cauwe, Old English cēo]

chough

(tʃʌf)

n.
either of two crowlike birds of the jay family, Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax and P. graculus, inhabiting mountains and seaside cliffs from W Europe to E Asia.
[1275–1325; Middle English choghe]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chough - a European corvine bird of small or medium size with red legs and glossy black plumagechough - a European corvine bird of small or medium size with red legs and glossy black plumage
corvine bird - birds of the crow family

chough

noun
Related words
collective noun chattering
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chough

[tʃʌf] Nchova f (piquirroja)
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With these words he approached the cavern, and perceived that it was impossible to let himself down or effect an entrance except by sheer force or cleaving a passage; so drawing his sword he began to demolish and cut away the brambles at the mouth of the cave, at the noise of which a vast multitude of crows and choughs flew out of it so thick and so fast that they knocked Don Quixote down; and if he had been as much of a believer in augury as he was a Catholic Christian he would have taken it as a bad omen and declined to bury himself in such a place.
He knew that "a lapwing runs close by the ground," that choughs are "russet-pated.
However, this week they'll be chuffed to hear about Islay's choughs.
Although breeding in north west Wales, Choughs are rare in Flintshire, and this was the first seen on Wirral.
Ramsey Island, which lies less than a mile off the Pembrokeshire coast, is home to up to eight pairs of choughs and important populations of seabirds, including guillemots, razorbills, manx shearwaters and kittiwakes, as well as peregrine falcons and short-eared owls.
But because choughs nest in the Plas as well as owls and bats, a A rare chough purpose-built bat roost will be needed.
The site has been untouched by intensive farming methods for decades and is home to choughs, pied flycatchers, willow warblers and otters.
But beneficiaries RSPB Cymru - celebrating its 100th birthday this year - say the end of such bags would make wildlife like curlews, choughs and red kites the real winners.
Big Fish has revamped the clotted cream brand's packaging to now feature a milk maid surrounded by Cornish imagery including choughs (a member of the crow family once common in Cornwall), waves, a lighthouse and fishing boats.
According to the Trust, the farm has been untouched by intensive farming for decades and is home to a wealth of wildlife including choughs, pied flycatchers, willow warblers and peregrine falcons.
Its cliffs of nearly 400ft in height are home to the likes of choughs, peregrines and ravens, the latter of which tend to pick such nose-bleed altitudes in which to nest.
Some of the other birds which may feature in the jazz suite are rooks, choughs, oyster catchers and the island's only egret.