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Chough

Once more widespread, the Scottish chough population is currently small and isolated, and so is of high conservation concern.

Cattle-grazing helps to maintain year-round populations of chough on Islay and Colonsay, at the northern limit of their range. This is because the chough loves to feed in the insect-rich dung piles and short maritime sward found around the coast.

Social and full of character, this crow of the coast is easy to spot by its bright red feet and legs.

Natural caves and ruined buildings provide the bird with safe nesting sites on the islands.

Once more widespread, the Scottish chough population is currently small and isolated, and so is of high conservation concern.

Protection of choughs

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