French: Tétraogalle du Caucase German: Kaukasuskönigshuhn Spanish: Perdigallo caucasiano
rocky heights of the Caucasus
Caucasus (on main ridge and those to N): in N Georgia, N Azerbaijan and adjacent Russia.
c. 52–56 cm; male c. 1930 g, female c. 1730 g; wingspan 80–95 cm. Differs from other snowcocks (none of which share same range, although that of T. caspius... read more
Territorial call a repeated far-carrying drawn-out modulated whistle, “wu-oo-wee-lee-uh”, with a... read more
Mountain slopes adjacent to forest from 2500 m up to snowline, in some areas from 1800 m, and... read more
Food and feeding
Predominantly vegetarian, feeding on most plant parts (leaves, fruits, stems, tubers, etc.); nearly 40% of total weight in spring and... read more
Laying late Apr to Jul, including renests; nesting at upper altitudes up to 15 days later than at lowest altitudes; considerable variation... read more
Reported to perform altitudinal migrations, e.g. said to descend into foothills at edge of steppe... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: safe. Included on USSR Red List in 1978. Despite small range, numbers now believed to be stable, in hundreds of thousands... read more
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