Red-billed choughs (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) or simply “choughs” (pronounced “shuff“) are native to Europe, Asia and north Africa. Steve Valasek photographed the two at top in Ireland. Here’s one at Skokholm Island, UK. Look at that red beak!
While bald eagles have yellow beaks, red-tailed hawks have a yellow patch on the beaks.
Ravens Don’t Have Yellow Beaks
Birds like the Alpine chough (yellow beak) and the red-billed chough (red beak) are not really “ravens and crows”, but part of the wider crow family.
In the bird world, the color red has special significance. Many species use red signals to attract mates or deter rivals, adding the color to their beaks, feathers, or bare skin.
American Goldfinch. The American goldfinch is a small migratory bird with a small head, long wings, and a short, notched tail. Male and female American goldfinches have a colorful carotenoid-based orange bill during the breeding season; the bill serves as an indicator of the overall health of the bird.
Description: The American Robin is about 10 inches long (25 cm), and has a brick-red breast, with gray wings, head and back. The short beak is yellow with a gray tip. It has a white throat with black stripes; the males throat is darker than the female.
Toco toucan. Toco toucan also known as common toucan or giant toucan is one of the most popular birds with orange beaks. It is also listed as one of the small birds with a long beak that belongs to the toucan family.
These North American birds can be heard singing all year round. Adult male northern cardinals feature the distinctive plumage, orange beaks, and black masks and beards around the face that most people associate with the species.
Apart from its greater size, the common raven differs from its cousins, the crows, by having a larger and heavier black beak, shaggy feathers around the throat and above the beak, and a wedge-shaped tail.
Oystercatcher. Note the distinctive orange-red bill and pink legs.
Zebra finches are the most common songbirds of central Australia, being extremely beautiful birds because of their colorful plumage composed of black, white, gray, orange, and brown tones in the case of males and totally gray in females. Their eyes are red to match their colorful orange-red beak.
One of the most noticeable differences is their size. Eagles are much larger than hawks, and have longer wingspans. Hawks have a similar appearance, but if you look carefully, you will notice that the wings of hawks tend to be more rounded, and they have short, broad, rounded tails and a stocky build.
Buzzards are mostly larger, longer-winged, substantial birds, which use broad wings for soaring. Eagles are much larger, with deep, arched, sharply-hooked bills, long, strong, curved claws. There are many more species outside Europe.
Male blackbirds have bright yellow beaks and eye rings. Females are brown with duller beaks. Young blackbirds are brown and look similar to females.
Crow look-alike birds are common ravens, red-winged blackbirds, common grackles, brown-headed cowbirds, western jackdaws, pied currawongs, western rooks, black-billed magpies, alpine choughs, European starlings, and more.
Appearance: fully black, with black feathers covering the face all the way up to a black beak.
Swooping in and stealing your chips or ice-cream, the herring gull is the typical ‘seagull’ of our seaside resorts. A large gull, it is similar in appearance to the Common Gull, but sports a distinctive red spot on its bill.
Cygnets are grey when they hatch with black beaks and gradually turn brown over the first six months at which time they learn to fly. By one year old they are predominantly white but the beak remains grey/pink. Full white plumage and orange beak come with maturity.
Parrots with light-colored beaks will easily display bruising should they fly into a window or other hard object. The bruise looks similar to a bruised fingernail, with color ranging from dark purple to reddish. Fights with another bird are another common cause of beak discoloration due to bruising.
Coots are almost entirely black in plumage, but they have a rather dirty-white bill and a neater white shield over the forehead. Moorhens have orange bills with a yellow tip. Aside from the more obvious red and yellow bill versus white, there are some other differences in plumage.
Ospreys are brown above and white below, and overall they are whiter than most raptors. From below, the wings are mostly white with a prominent dark patch at the wrists. The head is white with a broad brown stripe through the eye. Juveniles have white spots on the back and buffy shading on the breast.
Northern Cardinals are very common red birds of Florida throughout the year.
Measurements. Male cardinals are brilliant red all over, with a reddish bill and black face immediately around the bill. Females are pale brown overall with warm reddish tinges in the wings, tail, and crest. They have the same black face and red-orange bill.
Cardinal Meaning and Symbolism
For many bird lovers, the sight of a cardinal holds special meaning, sometimes evoking emotional or spiritual feelings. They say the vibrant red bird is an uplifting, happy sign that those we have lost will live forever, so long as we keep their memory alive in our hearts.