Slieve League in County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland
Chough / Cág Cos-dearg
—Walking Through Donegal / Ag Siúl Tríd Dhún na nGall —
The Chough is called cág cos-dearg in Irish - the red-footed jackdaw. It can be easily recognized by its glossy black coat, its red bill and legs, a sharp shrill call and its acrobatic flight. They normally nest in crevices and caves on rocky cliffs such as those found at Sliabh Liag.
The numbers of Chough in Europe are declining in about 90% of its population range and the Sliabh Liag Cliffs are one of its few remaining strongholds. Reasons for this decline are associated with changes in agriculture, which is reducing its habitat.
Is cág cos - dearg a tugtar ar an Chough i nGaeilge - cág na cosa deirge. Is furasta é a aithne lena chóta dubh snasta, a ghob agus a chosa dearga, a ghlór chaol chrua agus a eitilt gleacach. De ghnáth, neadaíonn siad i ngáganna agus i bpluaiseanna ar aillte creagach mar íad seo i Sliabh Liag.
Tá uimhir na gcág san Eoraip ag titim i 90% de na ngnáth áitreabh cónaí agus tá Aillte Shliabh Liag ar cheann de na h-áiteanna deireanacha atá fágtha acu. Is cosúil gur athruithe i gcúrsaí talmhaíochta ceann de na fáthanna go bhfuil an titim seo ag tarlú agus laghdaíonn seo a n-áiteanna dúchais.
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Choughs feed almost exclusively on invertebrates and use their specially adapted bills to probe the soil in search of grubs and worms.
Erected by NDP, Fáilte Ireland, Donegal County Council, Donegal County Development Board, and Údarás na Gaeltachta.
Location. 54° 37.608′ N, 8° 41.07′ W. Marker is in Slieve League, Ulster, in County Donegal. Touch for map. Marker is at the Slieve League / Sliabh Liag overlook, at the end of the road west off Teelin Road, going south from Carrick. Follow signs.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Signal Towers / Túir Comharthaíochta (a few steps from this marker); The Bog / An Portach (within shouting distance of this marker); Fishing /Iascaireacht (within shouting distance of this marker); Farming on Sliabh Liag / Feirmeoireacht ar Shliabh Liag (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Carrick / An Charraig (approx. 4.8 kilometers away).
Also see . . .
1. Red-billed Chough at BBC Nature. (Submitted on February 12, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Chough: Ireland's 'commendable crow'. (Submitted on February 12, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Birds on the Edge: Choughs (Submitted on February 12, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Animals • Environment •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 12, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 12, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.