Red Grouse

Red Grouse

Scientific name: Lagopus lagopus

Did you know: The Red Grouse, a bird synonymous with the UK’s upland moors, is renowned for its remarkable loyalty, forming monogamous pair bonds that last an entire breeding season!

What Do Red Grouse Look Like? (how to identify them)

Red Grouse are medium-sized game birds, distinguished by their reddish-brown plumage that beautifully blends with the heather of their moorland homes. Their legs and feet are feathered, aiding insulation in colder climates.

Differences Between Male And Female Red Grouse

Males and females are similar in plumage, but males boast a more vivid reddish hue and pronounced red eyebrow combs. Females are slightly paler, with subtle combs.

What Do Red Grouse Eat?

These birds primarily feed on heather, supplemented with seeds, berries, and insects. Their diet is intricately linked to the health of heather moorlands.

Where Do Red Grouse Live? (inc. migration info)

Red Grouse are quintessentially British, residing year-round in the uplands of the north and west of the UK. They are sedentary birds, rarely travelling far from their birthplace.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Red Grouse)

Their call is unmistakable – a loud “go back, go back” and a rapid “chut chut chuttt”, often heard when they’re flushed from the heather.

Fun Red Grouse Facts (kid friendly)

  • The Red Grouse is exclusive to the UK and Ireland, a true British bird!
  • They have feathered feet, like little built-in winter boots.
  • Males display vibrant red combs above their eyes during the mating season.
  • They’re experts at camouflaging in heather.
  • Red Grouse can fly at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour!
  • They prefer walking or running and will only fly when absolutely necessary.
  • Their diet mainly consists of heather, giving them a unique place in the ecosystem.
  • These birds are a celebrated part of British wildlife, featuring in folklore and even whisky branding!
  • The population cycles naturally, with numbers peaking and falling over years.
  • In winter, Red Grouse may visit farmland in search of food.

Facts About The Red Grouse

Diet: Heather, seeds, berries, insects
Bird Family: Grouse
Length: 37-42 cm
Wingspan: 55-66 cm
Weight: 650-750 g
Scientific Name: Lagopus lagopus

The Red Grouse Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

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