French: Lagopède des saules German: Moorschneehuhn Spanish: Lagópodo común
Other common names:
Irish Red Grouse (hibernica)
Subspecies and Distribution
L. l. hibernica
(O. Kleinschmidt, 1919) – Ireland and W Scotland (Outer Hebrides).
L. l. scotica
(Latham, 1787) – Red Grouse – Britain.
L. l. variegata
Salomonsen, 1936 – islands off Trondheim, SW Norway.
L. l. lagopus
(Linnaeus, 1758) – Willow Grouse – Scandinavia, Finland, N European Russia.
L. l. rossica
Serebrovski, 1926 – Baltic countries and C Russia E to Kama Basin.
L. l. birulai
Serebrovski, 1926 – New Siberian Is.
L. l. koreni
Thayer & Bangs, 1914 – Siberia from Urals and Yamal Peninsula E to Pacific, S to Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk, Yakutsk and N coast of Sea of Okhotsk.
L. l. maior
T. K. Lorenz, 1904 – SE European Russia, N Kazakhstan and SW Siberia E to Altai foothills.
L. l. brevirostris
Hesse, 1912 – Altai Mts and Sayan Mts.
L. l. kozlowae
Portenko, 1931 – W Mongolia (in Tannu-Ola, Khangai and Kentei Mts) and S Russia (E Tuva).
L. l. sserebrowsky
Domaniewski, 1933 – E Siberia from L Baikal and NE Mongolia E to Sea of Okhotsk, S to Khingan Mts (NE China) and Sikhote-Alin Mts.
L. l. kamtschatkensis
Momiyama, 1928 – Kamchatka and N Kuril Is.
L. l. okadai
Momiyama, 1928 – Sakhalin I.
L. l. muriei
Gabrielson & Lincoln, 1949 – E Aleutian Is and Kodiak I.
L. l. alexandrae
Grinnell, 1909 – Alaska Peninsula, coastal islands and adjacent mainland of SE Alaska and NW British Columbia.
L. l. alascensis
Swarth, 1926 – most of mainland Alaska.
L. l. leucoptera
Taverner, 1932 – islands of N Canada (Banks, Victoria, Southampton, Baffin) and nearby mainland.
L. l. alba
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – NC Canada from N Yukon and C British Columbia to Hudson Bay.
L. l. ungavus
Riley, 1911 – N Quebec and N Labrador (E Canada).
L. l. alleni
Stejneger, 1884 – Newfoundland.
36–43 cm; male 535–900 g, female 410–750 g. Rusty brown in summer, with white wings, belly and legs, and black tail; redder than similar L. muta... read more
In display at communal leks, males take flight and emit a series of nasal barks, typically a few... read more
Primarily Arctic tundra, extending S in alpine mountain ranges and along or below treeline, in... read more
Food and feeding
Heavily dependent on willow, especially during winter, e.g. in Alaska, 94% willow buds and twigs, including 80% Salix alaxensis;... read more
Lays mostly May–Jun; Apr–May in British Is; second half of Jun in N Siberia. Monogamous; male guards incubating female and even... read more
Sedentary in some places, e.g. in N England, Scotland and Scandinavia, where only short-range... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and common to abundant throughout most of very extensive range. Nevertheless, some range contractions have been detected... read more
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