Black Grouse

Date of disappearance: 1785

Reason: Hunting

Special power: Their amazingly brave and robust defence of their territory against predators is likely to be useful to other bird and mammal species, which can benefit from the protective effect.

Status: Capercaillie were reintroduced from 1837 onwards. There are currently around 2,000 capercaillie in Scotland. Numbers are in decline due to changing climate and collisions with deer fences.