Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus scotia)
Species
Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus). Taken at Lochindorb, Highland, on May 2nd 2019.
Taken at Lochindorb, Highland, on May 2nd 2019.
(1/1000th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 40 - 43 cm; WS: 60 cm

The Red Grouse is an unmistakeable bird - plump and round with a rich, gingery-brown body, short, black tail and red "eyebrows". It is usually classified as a subspecies of the Willow Ptarmigan.

It is found in North and South-west England, Wales and Scotland.

It feeds on heather and can be found on upland heathlands and moorland. The nest is a shallow scrape up to 20 cm across which is lined with vegetation.

It has Amber classifion on the UK list. There are around 230000 breeding pairs here.

Sightings

22-May-2019 : Lochindorb, Highland (7)