Egg-laying[ edit ] About three days after copulation the hen starts laying eggs. Behaviour and ecology[ edit ] The western capercaillie is adapted to its original habitats—old coniferous forests with a rich interior structure and dense ground vegetation of Vaccinium species under a light canopy.
This is the main courting season. Towards the end of the courting season the hens arrive on the courting grounds, also called "leks"Swedish for "play".
Dense and young forests are avoided as there is neither cover nor food, and flight of these large birds is greatly impaired. These open stands allow flights downslope, and the tree regrowth offers cover. The hens are ground breeders and spend the night on the nest.
First the young cocks disperse, then the young hens. There is a bright red spot of naked skin above each eye. During winter the hens rarely go down to the ground and most tracks in the snow are from cocks. With their very muscular stomachsgizzard stones function like a mill and break needles and buds into small particles.
Three-quarters of this long courting season is mere territorial competition between neighbouring cocks or cocks on the same courting ground.
They have feathered legs, especially in the cold season, for protection against cold. The current spelling was standardised by William Yarrell in At an age of about 6 weeks they are fully able to maintain their body temperature. At one time it could be found in all the taiga forests of northern and northeastern Eurasia in the cold temperate latitudes and the coniferous forest belt in the mountain ranges of warm temperate Europe.
It is highest in sun-flooded open, old mixed forests with spruce, pine, fir and some beech with a rich ground cover of Vaccinium species.
If there is more than one cock on the lek, it is mainly the alpha-cock who engages in sexual intercourse with the hens. While flying they rest in short gliding phases. The eggs are about the same size and form as chicken eggs, but are more speckled with brown spots. Diet[ edit ] The western capercaillie lives on a variety of food types, including buds, leaves, berriesinsectsgrasses and in the winter mostly conifer needles.
In mountainous skiing areas, poorly marked cables for ski-lifts have contributed to mortality. Comparable abundances are found in taiga forests.
The young chicks are dependent on protein -rich food in their first weeks and thus mainly prey on insects. In 10 days the clutch is full. In cold and rainy weather the chicks need to get warmed by the hen every few minutes and all night. These sleeping trees are used for several nights; they can be mapped easily as the ground under them is covered by pellets.
Western capercaillies are not elegant fliers due to their body weight and short, rounded wings. Even single human observers may cause the hens to fly off and prevent copulation in this very short time span where they are ready for conception.
The cock flies from his courting tree to an open space nearby and continues his display. These so-called "courting tacks" make a clear track in the snow.
Courting and reproduction[ edit ] Female in Bavarian ForestGermany Tetrao urogallus urogallus—eggs The breeding season of the western capercaillie starts according to spring weather progress, vegetation development and altitude between March and April and lasts until May or June. Territories of cocks and hens may overlap.The western capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), also known as the wood grouse, heather cock, or just capercaillie / ˌ k æ p ər ˈ k eɪ l i /, is the largest member of the grouse family.
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