Statistics: Body length 37-42cm, wingspan 55-66cm, weight 450-750g.
Physical Description: Small-headed, rotund gamebird, slightly larger than
the ptarmigan, with short, rectangular wings and tail.
Scottish Distribution: Found on Lewis, Harris, North Uist, scarce from
Benbecula southwards. Also local populations on Inner Hebrides, Shetland and Orkneys.
On the mainland, they are found in East Fife, West Ayrshire, North Argyll and
Habitat: Treeless tundra, moors and heaths, wherever heather and berry-bearing
dwarf shrubs flourish.
Diet: Feeds from the ground. In Britain, this is primarily heather throughout
the year. Will also take a variety of berries, new leaves and shoots.