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Caucasian Snowcock - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by alexperevozov
The Caucasus, 9 December 2011
Tetraogallus caucasicus


52–56 cm (20½-22 in)

  • Grey, brown, white and black plumage (but appears grey)
  • Darker breast
  • Ruddy flanks
  • White throat
  • White patch on side of neck
  • Rusty nape
  • White flight feathers and undertail
  • Red sides to tail, shows in flight

Sexes similar
Juvenile: smaller and duller


Middle East: and Asia Found on the rocky heights of the Caucasus Mountains in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Russia.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Stony mountain slopes, near to forests at heights between 2000-4000m.



The nest is a ground scrape. The 5-6 greenish eggs are incubated by the female.


Their mainly vegetarian diet consists of leaves, fruits, stems and tubers.


  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. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2019)

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