Caucasian Grouse

Tetrao mlokosiewiczi

Armenian Name: Կովկասյան մայրեհավ
Species Status: Endangered Species - Species of Special Concern
Caucasian Grouse

See Plate 20 for Caucasian Grouse and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:38-52 cm, Wing Span:58-62 cm
Distribution Map: Map 89.
Adult: Male is glossy black with a bright red comb over the eye and small white shoulder patch. Tail is long and divided with the tips curving down and outward. Females are yellow-brown intricately barred with gray and black above; breast and belly gray barred with black and yellow-brown.
Juvenile: Closely resembles adult female.
Behavior: Feeds in meadows above deciduous woodlands and in groves of Mountain Ash and Birch. Dust bathes on dirt tracks. In spring, males display to females in groups.
Habitat: Edge of subalpine meadows, birch groves, rhododendron thickets at 1500-2500 m; slightly lower elevations in winter.
Food: Seeds, berries, buds, catkins.
Nest: Shallow ground scrape lined with grass and feathers under shrub or in dense vegetation.
Eggs: 51 mm, 2-10, yellow-white, red-brown spots.