Grouse

Grouse is a group of non-migratory birds that encompasses a number of species that live in temperate and subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere. Grouse are a game animal and are hunted for food.

Males are often polygamous, and many species have elaborate courtship displays. Grouse can be identified easisly when in hand because they have legs feathered to the toes.

Grouse feed mainly on vegetable food, but will also feed on insects, especially when feeding young.

Ruffed Grouse is one of the most wide spread and popular species of grouse with hunters. The ruffed grouse is a medium-sized game bird that is well know for courtship displays.

Willow Grouse Ruffed grouse come in two color phases, a reddish brown phase and a grayish brown phase. The gray-phased birds or most abundant in the northern areas of its range.

Ruffed grouse go by a number of different common names such as partridge, ruffled grouse, drummer and woods pheasant.

Foxes, bobcat, coyotes, hawks will prey on grouse.

There are a number of species of grouse. Here is a partial list.

  • Spruce Grouse
  • Willow Grouse
  • Rock Ptarmigan
  • White-tailed Ptarmigan
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Greater Sage-Grouse
  • Gunnison Sage-Grouse
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • Greater Prairie-Chicken
  • Lesser Prairie-Chicken

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