Red Grouse

Copyright Tom Marshall, RSPB

Habitat & Behaviour:

One of the few bird species to be found all year round on the fells, the red grouse is a popular game bird, with much of the moorland management targeted at benefiting this species.

Identification & Voice: 

Plump with small head, slightly hook-tipped bill and short black tail, often appearing hunched up.  Adult has reddish-brown, mottled plumage with white stripe on underwing.  Most easily recognised by its 'go back, go back' alarm call.

RSPB video footage of a Red Grouse:

Listen to the Red Grouse: