A Conversation for Capercaillie - the Bird

Blind and death

Post 1

Titania (gone for lunch)

The male capercaillies are blind and deaf to everything around them during the third part of their sound performance - the hissing sound.

In the old times when rifles had a much shorter range, this made it possible for hunters to take about 3 steps closer and then stop and wait for the next hissing, take another 3 steps, and so on...

Blind and deaf

Post 2

Titania (gone for lunch)

Duuuh... can't spell, can I?smiley - smiley

Maybe you should have mentioned that the males can be pretty aggressive, and has been known to even attack humans - so anyone wanting to have a closer look might want to be a bit cautious...

Blind and deaf

Post 3


Thanks for the info. I'll add it to the page when I request an update.


Blind and deaf

Post 4

Titania (gone for lunch)

It was one of my old school teachers who told me this once upon a time (I checked on the Internet to verify it) - not only had he been sneaking up on a capercaillie in order to take a photo, and then been attacked by it when he wasn't standing still enough to remain undetected - he could also make a splendid imitation of its sound!smiley - smiley

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