Male grouse surrounded by females

Eurasian grouse

Eurasian grouse are a group of gamebirds found across Europe and Asia. Males from the two black grouse species and two capercaillie species are renowned for their mating displays in the breeding season. During a lek the males gather at traditional display grounds to compete with each other and court the quietly watching females with a strutting display. Where the males hope to get noticed with their big, bold plumage, the females are just the opposite, blending into the vegetation with their camouflaged plumage.

Scientific name: Tetrao

Rank: Genus


Map showing the distribution of the Eurasian grouse taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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