French: Tétras du Caucase German: Kaukasusbirkhuhn Spanish: Gallo lira caucasiano
Other common names:
Caucasian Black Grouse
Lagodekhi, eastern Caucasus
Great Caucasus (from R Beloi E to R Samur) and Little Caucasus (W to R Chorokhi) in extreme SW Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, S into NE Turkey, Karabakh Mts and NW Iran.
38–53 cm, with female smaller; male 820–1005 g, female 712–820 g. Very similar to T. tetrix, including bright red comb, but plumage greener black;... read more
Remarkably silent, but wingbeats of male are audible during display (which consists of fluttering... read more
Typically in transition between upper limits of mountain forests (Picea orientalis, ... read more
Food and feeding
In winter, mainly buds and catkins of birch (Betula), and fruits and needles of juniper (Juniperus); also dog rose (... read more
Lays in May, but nests with eggs have been discovered in Turkey as late as first and second weeks of Jul, and in Armenia at end of Jul.... read more
Only limited altitudinal movements of up to 2 km definitely recorded, although suspected to move up... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Included in USSR Red Data Book and protected by hunting regulations in most places. Considered Vulnerable in... read more
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