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Black Grouse (continental subspecies)
Tetrao tetrix tetrix

Map of the common names

Big cock (L 40 cm) black, with lyre-shaped tail. The species occupies mosaics of different habitats: open and sparsely vegetated land, woodlands bordering clearings, alpine meadows, plateaux, ect. Feeds on fruits, seeds and insects. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
Many local populations have declined in parallel with afforestation of heathlands and their conversion to agriculture. At present, habitat fragmentation and destruction , overhunting and disturbances are serious threats.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
325,000 / 740,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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