Sunday, September 4, 2011

Wood Grouse

Wood Grouse or Wester Capercaillie.

Sent by Esa, a postcrosser from Finland.

This is from Wikipedia : The Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), also known as the Wood Grouse, Heather Cock or Capercaillie /ˌkæpərˈkeɪli/, is the largest member of the grouse family, reaching over 100 cm in length and 6.7 kg in weight. The largest one ever recorded in captivity had a weight of 7.2 kg. (15.9 lbs). Found across Europe and Asia, it is renowned for its mating display.

Also spelt Capercailzie (the "z" letter representing a yogh) , this species' name is derived from the Gaelic capull coille, meaning "horse of the woods".

It was first described by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae in 1758 under its current binomial name.

Its closest relative is the Black-billed Capercaillie, Tetrao parvirostris, which breeds in the larch taiga forests of eastern Russia and parts of northern Mongolia and China.

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