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Adult male
Photo by alexperevozov
The Caucasus, 10 October 2014
Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi

Tetrao mlokosiewiczi


First year male
Photo by kuzeycem
Ikizdere, Rize, Turkey, September 2013

38–53 cm (15-20¾ in), female smaller than male

  • All black
  • White underwing (shows in flight)
  • Red patch above eye
  • Small white shoulder patch
  • Long black tail
  • Black iris
  • Stubby black bill
  • Black legs
  • Dark grey feet


Caucasus mountains to north-eastern Turkey and north-western Iran.


This is a monotypic species[1] which is sometimes placed in genus Tetrao.


Mountain areas, alpine meadows and forest edges. Observed at heights around 2300 m.



Birch catkins, buds and shoots, pine needles and cones.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BirdLife International
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2014)

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