Ruffed Grouse

Range:

Found in the forests from the Appalachian Mountains across Canada to Alaska.  Sedentary (non-migratory)

Description:

This chunky, medium-sized grouse measures 16 - 20 inches (40 - 50 cm) in length. They have short, strong wings.  It comes in two distinct color morphs: grey and brown. The grey-colored birds have grey-brown heads, necks and backs; and their chests are light with barring.  The brown-colored birds have a more brown plumage and less light plumabe below; and their tails are grey.

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Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed Grouse

Bill Shape
curved
thick billed
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arkansas
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
district of columbia
georgia
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
michigan
minnesota
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
ohio
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
Wing Shape
rounded-wings
Action
hopping
walking
Behavior
bounding
flocks
Markings
bold
crown
head
tailstripes
wingbands
Sounds
staccato
Location
ground dwelling
north in winter
south in winter
Habitat
fields
flats
Forests
Grasslands
Color
brown
rust
Body Shape
upland-ground
Size
large
small
Order
turkey, grouse, chicken, quail, partridge, pheasant - order: galliformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species