978. Tetrao falcipennis

978. Siberian Spruce Grouse.
TETRAO FALCIPENNIS.
Tetrao falcipennis, Hartl. J. f. O. 1855, p. 39 ; (Ogilvie Grant), Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxii. p. 72 ; (Tacz.), F. O. Sib. O. p. 770 ; Tetrao canadensis var. franklini, Middend. Sib. Reise, ii. part 2, p. 202, Taf. xvii. fig. 4 (1851) ; Falcipennis hartlaubi, Elliot, Monogr. Tetr. pl. xi.
Dikushka, Russ. ; Karaka, Tungus.
Male ad. (E. Siberia). Head and neck black, the feathers tipped with pale dull brown ; sides of head, chin, upper throat, and lower neck almost uniform black ; upper parts blackish vermiculated with brown, the scapulars and wings sparingly marked with white ; lower back, rump, and upper tail-coverts with thick white stripes ; tail black, the middle feathers terminally vermiculated with brownish, the rest broadly terminated with white ; lower throat marked with buffy white ; under parts black with a subterminal white band on the feathers ; middle of abdomen black ; vent nearly white ; thigh and leg-feathers smoky brownish ; under tail-coverts black, broadly tipped with white ; feet and bill dark horn, the lower mandible paler ; iris yellowish brown ; outer quills tapered, narrow, and sickle-shaped. Wing 7.2, tail 4.7, tarsus 1.4 inch. The female has the head, neck, and upper parts rufous, barred and vermiculated with black, and the under parts rufous varied with black and white.
Hab. Kamchatka, North-eastern Siberia, the lower Amoor, and the island of Saghalien.
In habits it resembles Tetrao canadensis, to which species it is nearly allied, and like it frequents conifer woods and is extremely tame, so much so that it is often killed by the natives with a stick. I find nothing on record respecting its nidification.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
978. Tetrao falcipennis
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
978
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
700
Common name: 
Siberian Spruce Grouse
M_ID: 
990
M_CN: 
Siberian Grouse
M_SN: 
Falcipennis falcipennis
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10806

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