Tetraonidae

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ABITIBI-TÉMISCAMINGUE, QC.CA When spring comes sharped-tailed grouse will gather in groups on sites called lek to perform their courtship displays. Several males and a few females will arrive at the lek before sunrise to perform this mating ritual. The males will try to impress the females with different noises and guttural calls. With these demonstrations comes an elaborate dance consisting of rapidly stomping the ground, wings spread, spiked feathers and head lowered. ©André Bhérer