The Caspian Snowcock (Tetraogallus caspius) is a medium-sized bird in the Phasianidae family of pheasants. It is a gallinaceous bird.
The Caspian Snowcock is grey, brown, white and black with flecked feathers. Its chest is pale-grey and its throat is white. The back of its neck is dark-grey.
It measures 56-63 centimetres (22-25 inches) tall, with a wingspan of 95-105 centimetres (37-41 inches).
The Caspian Snowcock is native to the Caucasus region, in Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and Georgia. It prefers mountainous areas with stony ground.
It eats seeds and vegetable matter.
The Caspian Snowcock is seen in small flocks.
It nests on bare ground. The female lays 6-9 greenish eggs. Only the female sits on the eggs.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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