RED GROUSE (Tetrao Scot:, cus). This bird weighs about nineteen ounces, and is fifteen inches in length : the upper part of the body is beautifully mottled with deep red and black; the breast and belly purplish, crossed with small dusky lines ; the bill black ; the eyes hazel; throat red ; eyes arched, with a large naked spot of bright scarlet; the tail consists of sixteen feathers, is twelve inches, the breadth twenty-one ; the bill nearly two inches long, red at the base, black towards the point. The head, hind part of the neck, and scapulars, are of a dusky ash-colour, obscurely spotted with black; the back is white, sprinkled with black spots; the tail elegantly barred with black and white; the cheeks, under side of the neck, and upper part of the breast white, streaked downward with dusky lines; the belly white; the exterior webs of the quill feathers, dusky; the legs long, and of a fine bright orange colour; the outmost toe connected to the middle toe by a small membrane; the inmost by another still smaller.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835
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