From Middle English choughe, choȝe, coo, cheo, from Old English ċēo (“a bird of the genus Corvus, a jay, crow, jackdaw, chough”) and ċeahhe (“a daw”), both from Proto-West Germanic *kahwu (“jackdaw, crow”), from imitative Proto-Indo-European *gewH- (“to crow, caw, shout”).
chough (plural choughs)
- Either of two species of bird of the genus Pyrrhocorax in the crow family Corvidae that breed mainly in high mountains and on coastal sea cliffs of Eurasia.
- The white-winged chough, of genus Corcorax in the Australian mud-nest builders family, Corcoracidae, that inhabits dry woodlands.
- alpine chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus)
- red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax)
- white-winged chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos)