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Black Grouse: Birds of Britain

Posted in Animals, Birds, Wildlife on Monday, 31 January 2011

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Black Grouse – Birds of Britain

The male black grouse is an impressive bird as it flies over open moorland, the white bars along his wings showing starkly against glossy black plumage. His courtship takes place at a communal display ground, or lek, where many males defend their territories and vie for the attentions of the drab brown females. Crowing, bubbling and hissing, the males lift and spread their unique huge tyre-shaped tails, revealing a billowing white patch of underfeathers.

This edited article originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 901 published on 28 April 1979. Click on a picture to find out more about licensing images for commercial or personal/educational use. We are also able to license textual material. Please contact us for details.

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