The Alpine Chough
Ritoma resounds with the cawking of black birds that flutter on the grassland and compete with pigeons for nesting spots between the beams of houses. The chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus) is a socially monogamous high altitude bird from the crow family. It has a distinctive glossy black plumage and a short yellow bill. It has a buoyant and easy flight and its rippling preep and whistleld "sweeeooo" calls can be heard all over Ritoma.