Cock and Hen Black Grouse by Archibald Thorburn



Title

Cock and Hen Black Grouse

Artist

Archibald Thorburn

Ref GM946
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 20" x 28" (50 x 71 cm)
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Description  
Archibald Thorburn wrote that: "Looking at things with the eye of the ordinary lover of nature, one can only attempt to represent with brush and pencil the wonderful beauty of the living creatures around us. The chief essential is to acquire the faculty of observing and noting down the many subtle differences in pose and little tricks of habit in different species, and this knowledge can only be obtained by patient watching." Black grouse are the largest birds in the grouse family and despite being native Scottish birds they have been located in Russia and other areas of Europe. Male black grouse have a noticeable black plumage with red patches over their eyes and white bars on their wings which are visible when they are in flight. Their curved black tail feathers are also a distinctive trait of the male black grouse which appears forked when in flight, allowing the bird to be clearly identified. Female black grouse, known as a hen, typically has greyish-brown plumage and is responsible for the nesting and caring of the chicks. The typical habitat of the black grouse varies from open woodland, moorland and forest edges however numbers of these birds has diminished due to their loss of habitat.