Black Grouse

Name: Black Grouse

Scientific name: Tetrao tetrix

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 80

What are nature stars?

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.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 20
  • Rarity: 80
  • Cute factor: 60
  • Traveller: 20

Fantastic fact: Male Black Grouse gather together in the spring at a 'lek', performing a fighting display to impress the females.

Photograph credit: tbc