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