Black grouse at Yamnuska

zumi

Calgary, Canada

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Hiking down from Mount Yamnuska, we came across this beautiful Black Grouse. It was hiding in the grass and very slowly walking across the path into the high grass on the other side. He was letting out sort of bubbling sounds through his puffed up throat (Mount Yamnuska, Alberta, Canada).

Wikipedia: The Black Grouse or Blackgame (Tetrao tetrix) is a large game bird in the grouse family. It is a sedentary species, breeding across northern Eurasia in moorland and bog areas near to woodland, mostly boreal. The Black Grouse is closely related to the Caucasian Grouse.

Black Grouse is a large bird with males being around 53 centimetres (21 in) long and weighing 1,000–1,450 grams (2.2–3.2 lb) and females approximately 40 centimetres (16 in) and weighing 750–1,110 grams (1.7–2.4 lb). The cock is very distinctive, with black plumage, apart from red wattles and a white wingbar, and a lyre-shaped tail, which appears forked in flight. His song is loud, bubbling and somewhat dove-like.

The female is greyish-brown and has a cackling call. She takes all responsibility for nesting and caring for the chicks, as is typical with gamebirds.

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