(Scottish also capercailzie /-ˈkālyē, -zē/)
noun (plural capercaillies)
A large, turkeylike Eurasian grouse of mature pine forests. The male has a courtship display in which it fans the tail and makes an extraordinary succession of sounds.
- Genus Tetrao, family Tetraonidae (or Phasianidae): two species, in particular T. urogallus, which has been re-established in the Scottish Highlands
More example sentences
- The report highlights the plight of 20 species, including the song thrush, the corncrake, the crossbill, the capercaillie, the dotterel and black grouse.
- I spot a variety of birds, from a large grouse called the capercaillie to tiny Siberian tits.
- They include pine marten, wildcat, stoat and weasel as well as golden eagles, merlin, peregrine falcon, golden plover and in time black grouse and capercaillie.
mid 16th century: from Scottish Gaelic capull coille, literally 'horse of the wood'.
Definition of capercaillie in:
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