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Ruffed Grouse - Bonasa umbellus by amontanaview

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Taken in September west of Victor, Montana USA.
Canon EOS 40D 1/400s, f/5.6. ISO:500

Lewis called this bird, “the small brown pheasant” and he said it was “booted” or feathered to the foot. Actually, the feathers don’t quite reach the foot. If you have been in the woods and heard a drumming sound in the spring, you may have heard a male Ruffed Grouse performing his mating ritual. To identify the Ruffed Grouse, look for the fan-shaped, banded tail and dark ruff-like feathers on the neck. No other grouse has these attributes. They need brush and cover like you see in this photo to survive.
Read more about it in my article about Ruffed Grouse.

Printed in Montana Rural Magazine April 2012 issue, page 22

Featured Nov 22, 2010

Featured June, 2011

Featured Jan 11, 2012

Featured Jan 27, 2012

Featured in newsletter of Montana Natural History Center for May 2012


  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray. I love this one, especially the little feathered foot on the branch. I wish I would have been a little lower.

    – amontanaview

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeabout 4 years ago

    Great catch!

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Thank you Joycelone. I love this one, too!

    – amontanaview

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholabout 4 years ago
    • Well done.
  • Thanks!

    – amontanaview

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderabout 4 years ago

    Wow, this is a gorgeous capture Merle with fantastic gesture, clarity and color !! So beautifully done !!

  • Thank you!

    – amontanaview

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 4 years ago

    this is a beautiful shot Merle.
    Sadly, one of these gorgeous birds just flew into our LR window last week and broke the glass as well as died. I was so upset for two reasons. Such a shame.

  • That is very sad. I have not heard of a grouse flying into a window. What a double tragedy.

    – amontanaview

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    November 22, 2010

  • Thank you SO MUCH!

    – amontanaview

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, great WORK and well earned.

  • Thank you Andrea.

    – amontanaview

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderover 3 years ago

    Wonderful image Merle, congratulations on your Montana Group Feature – June 2011 !!

  • Just saw this. How wonderful, thank you! More photos coming soon.

    – amontanaview

  • Jeff Weymier
    Jeff Weymierabout 3 years ago

    Lovely shot.

  • Thanks Jeff, I like this one, too.

    – amontanaview

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