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Capercaillie (tetrao uroqallus)

A bird, which is the largest member of the grouse family. Males grow to nearly a metre in length, females up to 60cm. It was common in Britain, but hunted to extinction in the 18th century, before being re-introduced to Scotland by stocks from Sweden. Their shooting season starts on October 1st and ends on January 31st. They are at their best slowly braised, as their flesh tends to dry out.

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