Name: Black Grouse
Scientific name: Tetrao tetrix
Nature Stars: 80
About: A large game bird, about the same size as a female Pheasant but with a shorter tail. The female is short tailed, greyish brown with an intricated pattern of black and brown barring. The male is an unmistakeable black bird, with a long lyre-shaped tail.
How to identify: Males are unmistakeable. Females are like a large, greyer version of Red Grouse, darker and shorter-tailed than female Pheasants.
Where: Found on uplands in the north of England, north Wales and Scotland.
Fantastic fact: Male Black Grouse gather together in the spring at a 'lek', performing a fighting display to impress the females.
Photograph credit: tbc