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Bird  Capercaillie

Capercaillie - Photo  Copyright 2006 Dean Eades
Photo: Dean Eades

UK Safari Tip:
Never miss an unusual looking bird with this pocket sized 10 x 25 monocular from the Nature Shop - click here

Latin name: Tetrao urogallus

Size: Between 60 and 85cm

Distribution: Rare. Confined to forests of north Scotland

Months seen: All year round

Habitat: Caledonian scots pine forests

Food: Seeds, pine needles and buds

Special features: Despite being the size of a turkey, the capercaillie is notoriously difficult to spot in it's native habitat. Also famed for its call which sound like a cork popping from a bottle.

The male capercaillie (above) has black plumage which has an irridescent green sheen. The wings are dark brown wings and there is a small white patch on each shoulder. The undersides of the wings and rump are also white. The beak is a greyish white.

Click for a better viewThe female capercaillie has orange-brown coloured plumage which is heavily marked with black bars. The beak is grey.

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