• Duane Starr

    on April 14, 2014

    Grouse LEK Definition:

    An area where birds gather during the breeding season for community courtship displays to attract mates. Not all bird species congregate in leks, but they are common for different game birds such as prairie chickens, grouse and peafowl. In a lek, male birds defend their territory and engage in different courtship displays such as dancing, displaying distinctive plumage or making specific sounds to attract the attention of nearby females. If other males draw to close to one male's territory – which may be just a few square feet – aggressive fighting can occur. Lek sizes vary but generally contain several dozen birds in a small area.