We describe the isolation and characterisation of 17 microsatellite loci for the red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, Corvidae). Sixteen loci were polymorphic in 269 individuals from across Western Europe, with a mean allele number of 8.75 +/- A 3.73 SD. Observed (H-O) and expected (H-E) heterozygosity ranged from 0.11 to 0.71 and 0.15 to 0.70, respectively. No evidence was found for null-alleles or linkage-disequilibrium. Cross-species utility was tested on 15 Alpine choughs (Pyrrhocorax graculus) and five jackdaws (Corvus monedula). Sixteen loci amplified for Alpine chough and fifteen loci amplified for jackdaw, indicating useful application within and beyond the Pyrrhocorax genus.
- Population structure
- Genetic diversity