KING ARTHUR & THE CORNISH CHOUGH

The Chough
Artist : Barrie Morris
Media : Mixed Media
Size : 40 x 50 cm. (plus frame)

Price : £1,950.00 (inc. VAT)

CHOUGH (Pyrrhocorax graculus)                                                                SEPTEMBER

Often wrongly mistaken for the Jackdaw but distinguished by its glossier appearance with scarlet legs and beak, the Chough is becoming rarer in Cornwall than it once was, but can still be seen frequenting some of the coastal cliffs of Britain. Like its cousin the Carrion Crow, the Chough is a curious, lively, restless bird, drawn to stealing small glittering objects – it is rumoured that houses have been set on fire by lighted bonfire sticks carried off and dropped in flight. A graceful and stately bird, the Chough does not perch on trees, but settles close to the sea on elevated stones or rocks, where it builds its nests in inaccessible crannies. For centuries, Cornish legend has associated the Chough with King Arthur, whose ghostly form is seen here, believing that the King’s soul migrated into the bird when he died. Coats of Arms throughout Cornwall therefore depict this magnificent bird with its distinctive red beak and feet. From the 1920s, the Chough was feared to be extinct within its own county, but in 2001, three wild birds landed on Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula, and began to breed. The legend comes to life!