Scandinavian Mountains over 2000m - Flora & Fauna

Scandinavian Mountains over 2000 metres - James Baxter

Flora & FaunaBirds › Ruff

Philomachus pugnax, Ruff, Brushane. 28cm.

An uncommon visitor to marshy areas in the moorland zone.

After a lek (dance like play) the female chooses a male, mates and then makes a nest amongst the grasses.

They eat insects and their larvae during the summer.

The males' ruffs have a collar of feathers to display during the lek with which to attract the females, also called reeves. Females lack this collar and are slightly darker and smaller.