Caucasian Grouse Tetrao mlokosiewiczi, Кавказский тетерев, Կովկասյան մայրեհավ
Distribution and biological peculiarities in Armenia: The species is endemic to the Greater and Lesser Caucasus mountains. The species is monotypic. In Armenian the species is distributed in subalpine habitat in mountain ranges of north-central and southern Armenia, in Bazoom and Pombak mountain ranges from Lermontov esat to the subalpine forest of Dilijan Preserve and south to Mt. Ara, in southeastern Armenia on Mts. Khoostoop and Kapootjoogh, occupying forest and subalpine meadow ecotone, often in groves of birch (Betula) with dense understory thickets of rhododendron (Rhododendron), Wild Raspberry (Rubud idaeus), Dog-rose (Rosa canina) and Evergreen Blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), also on steep rocky slopes and subalpine meadows with lush grass cover. Year-round resident. It breeds on the ground, often under bushes or in grass tussocks on small mounds, having from up to 10 eggs in the clutch. The fledglings are observed in June-August. The winter food resources are mainly birch (Betula litwinowii), oak (Quercus macranthera), beech (Fagus orientalis), juniper (Juniperus) and rose (Rosa) spp.. Population dynamics: According to the last estimation, population of the species makes from 50 to 100 breeding pairs. Population trend during last ten years demonstrates______________. The most probable reasons are supposed to be ___________________________________.
Conservation Measures: At current the breeding populations of the species are protected in ______________. Parts of the breeding and migratory ranges are included in the Emerald Network, protected under Bern Convention. The proposed conservation measures include increase of Emerald Sites for protection of the species.