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Ruffed Grouse - Bonasa umbellus

amontanaview

Victor, United States

Artist's Description

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

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