I recently visited Switzerland and took the train to the Jungfrauhoch. The Jungfrauhoch is a saddle-like ridge between two mountain peaks, the Jungfrau and the Monch, where Swiss ingenuity has built the tallest train station in Europe (11,362 feet) and a complex surrounding it that contains several tourist attractions as well as the highest observatory in Europe (the Sphinx Observatory).
While there, I went out onto a panoramic point, and I filmed the video below. The video starts at the Jungfrau peak (13,642 feet), covers the Aletsch Glacier (the longest in Europe, 14 miles), and ends with views of the Sphinx Observatory and the Monch peak (13,484 feet). Apart from the beauty of the area, one thing that caught my attention were the birds.
These birds are flying around at altitudes of 11,000 to 12,000 feet in an area where nothing grows, and where there are no insects. What are these birds, and what do they eat? After some research, I found out that these birds are called "Alpine Choughs" or “Yellow Billed Choughs” (Pyrrhocorax graculus). Chough is pronounced “chuff”. They belong to the same family as crows, and they build their nests at these high altitudes. But what do they eat? As it turns out, each day these birds fly many miles to feast on fruits, seeds, and invertebrates at lower elevations below the tree line, and then fly back up to their high places. The birds also eat whatever the tourists or the staff of sky resorts and other high places such as the Jungfrauhoch feed them.
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