Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Near Threatened

Siberian Grouse (Falcipennis falcipennis)


French: Tétras de Sibérie German: Sichelhuhn Spanish: Gallo siberiano

Tetrao falcipennis


, 1855,

southern shores of Sea of Okhotsk and Stanovoy Mountains, south-east Russia


Birds from Sakhalin I were described as race muratai, but differences from other populations are very slight. Monotypic.


Russian Far East from N Amurskaya E to Sea of Okhotsk, and S to Lesser Khingan and Sikhote-Alin Mts and lower Amur; Sakhalin I. Recorded in the late 1970s in N Heilongjiang (Amur Valley and Xiao Hinggan Ling), China, but present occurrence in this country is unlikely#R#R.

Descriptive notes

38–43 cm; male 580–735 g, female 650–740 g. Mostly rich brown and black; white line around black throat; combs reddish. Differs from wholly allopatric F... read more


Capercaillie-like advertising display, which often commences on stump or tree before the bird jumps... read more


Coniferous forests, mainly of spruce (e.g. Picea jezoensis and P. abies) and fir... read more

Food and feeding

Diet based heavily on spruce and fir needles, especially during winter, when forages both on the ground (in snow) and in tall trees,... read more


Winter flocks disband in late/early Apr, with older males typically departing first, but spring flocks (see Food and feeding) not until... read more


Sedentary; seasonally performs limited vertical movements in some montane areas, e.g. moving to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently treated as Near Threatened. Overall range probably c. 1,000,000 km². Included in Russian Red Data Book since 1978, in which country... read more

Recommended citation

de Juana, E., Kirwan, G.M. & Motis, A. (2019). Siberian Grouse (Falcipennis falcipennis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 16 December 2019).