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Great Britain

Set B4 - Bird Portraits - card information

31. Red Grouse

31. Red Grouse

This is indeed a British bird for it is found nowhere else in the world. It is a moorland bird feeding on shoots, leaves and seeds of heather, ling and bilberry. When the snow lies deep on the moors it is said to burrow through it to get at the plant food below. This bird has a peculiar and distinctive alarm call when flushed which sounds like "goback, goback". The moors where it breeds are jealously guarded by keepers for it is the chief of game birds, and much money is spent on its preservation in the interests of sport.