We present to you the Capercaillie Association for the Protection of Animals with the possibility of photography of Capercaillie.

The Capercaillie Animal Protection Association was founded on January 19, 2012. We bring you various guest appearances in the media, in which we want to sensitize the general public to the revitalization of Capercaillie in the indigenous habitat of Gorski Kotar. We present a program and projects to revitalize the Capercaillie, as well as breeding videos.


Capercaillie is not a hunting game in Croatia


Central European Breeding Centre " Capercaillie " in Gorski Kotar on Farov Laz near Tršće was built in 2019, measuring 72m x 72m x 4-8m in height.

The return of the Capercaillie


On July 27, 2019, the Central European Breeding Centre Capercaillie was opened in Gorski Kotar in Farov Laz. A project worth 800,000.00EUR, which was funded without EU projects and loans at banks, with the help of numerous donors, including Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Croatian Hunting Association, Hunting Federation of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Croatian Electricity Company, Croatian Forests and many others. It was opened by the mayor of the PGZ, Mr Zlatko Komadina, and the president of the Croatian Hunting Association, General Đuro Dečak. The aviary, measuring 72m x 72m x 4-8m in height, is located on the indigenous historic woodlands at 1000 m above sea level, surrounded by natural spring water, where Capercaillie can still be found in nature today.

In the place where the aviary is today, the owner of the Čabar region Kalman Ghyczy (1878-1954) made his mansion, which was completely demolished during the Second World War, where he invited guests to hunt for Capercaillie. The historic part of the barn still has a part where the horses were kept. The aviary in the interior is full of spruce, fir, beech, pine, maple, hawthorn, strawberries, raspberries and ants. An automatic feeder and low canopy are built-in, which protects the birds from rain and snow. Intersections have been made in aviaries that birds can fly low since the Capercaillie is a very clumsy bird in flight, also affected by its weight. The aviary was made so that the birds could live independently in the natural environment without human presence, but with video surveillance. It is also suitable for photography as it is located on a slope where no webs or food are visible during the photo sessions. There are currently six males and seven females in the aviary.

Fixed fertilization


After two weeks of unsuccessful attempts, the five-year-old male was able to fertilize a three-year-old female, who gave first offsprings in Croatia in 2016.


15. lis 2018.

Construction of the Central European Capercaillie (Tetrije urogallus) breeding centre in Gorski Kotar in Farov Laz near Tršće at 1000 meters above sea level, where the autochthonous Capercaillie singer area stands today.

The posing of the Capercaillie


The clip shows the usual poses of females that are ready to mate.

Disappointed female Capercaillie


Male shows no particular interest for mating, since mating is at its very end, the female Capercaillie, though half the size of the male, has decided to physically attack, as she has not been able to provoke the male to fertilize her.

An interesting behaviour of a non-dominant female


The male does not show enough will to fertilize the non-dominant Capercaillie while she badly wants it. This is an example when a male does not like an overly aggressive female.



PhD Ivica Križ describes the causes, consequences, results, experiences and guidelines given by the Capercaillie Association for the Protection of Animals by appearing on "KARIKA" on University Television.

Capercaillie chickens


The video shows 23-day-old Capercaillie chickens.

Capercaillie got home

year 2014

In the recording, the first aviary in Prezid, made in 2014, measures 3m wide x 10m long x 2m high, divided into three boxes. Today, this tiny aviary serves to treat and research diseased birds (quarantine).