The Skvader (Latin, Tetrao lepus pseudo-hybridus rarissumus L.) is a creature which originated from the tradition of telling of tall tales in early twentieth-century Sweden.


A hybrid animal, the Skvader possesses the head and legs of a hare and the feathered torso and wings of a wood grouse.


The origins of the Skvader are thought to have come from a Swedish man named Håkan Dahlmark who one evening told his dinner guests the story of how he shot one of these creatures during a hunt in 1874.

A few years later, the man’s housekeeper presented him with a painting of the beast which had been done by her nephew. This painting later found its way to a local museum, where the museum’s curator contacted a noted taxidermist and had the man build a reconstruction of the Skvader. This reconstruction is on display at the Norra Berget Museum, where it proves to be a popular display to this day.

See Also

  • Wolpertinger, an animal with similar properties from Bavaria, Germany.
  • Rasselbock, another creature from German folklore.
  • Jackalope, a creature reminiscent of the Skvader said to inhabit North America.