Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix)

Appearance:

Male differs from Capercaillie in smaller size, stockier build, curled outer tail-feathers and pure white under tail-coverts. Both sexes with white wing bars. Female more evenly speckled than Capercaillie, lacking brick coloured patches on breast an neck. Much less noisy when flushed than Capercaillie.

Sound:

Song: a far reaching, continuous, bubbly cooing, occasionally interrupted by a hissing "chooo-eee". Female calls with a nasal "go-go-go-gooo", ending on a falling drawn-out note.

Song:

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Distribution:

Wikipedia: map (se also Xeno-canto below)

Ecology:

Birdlife ecology

Links:

Observation.org Latest observations

Video IBC

Image search Flickr NB! May give other species

Sound search at Xeno-canto

Featherbase

CC

CC-sound:Terje Kolaas, Licence,Link.

Facts:
Length (cm):
40-55
Wingspan (cm):
65-80
Weight (gram):
750-1450
Size group:
Bigger than a crow
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Similar species (sound):
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Grouse-like
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