Black Grouse lek

The number of male Black Grouses in Estonia is about 6000-10 000 birds. They live everywhere in Estonia (except small islands) and they prefer boggy and forested areas. Black grouse cocks start lekking in early Spring and continue until middle of May. They also lek on quiet mornings in September and October. Black Grouse lek is great to look. Cocks have their territory in the lek, dominant  birds are in the middle and less dominant are at the edge areas. Cocks posture themselves, protect their territory and sing their typical aria to impress females. Hens prefer dominant males.

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Black Grouse lekking game will be part of all our longer guided tours in spring.  Selfguided tours take you to a good Black Grouse habitats.