Dusky Grouse

Dendragapus obscurus

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Basic Information

Order

Galliformes

Family

Phasianidae

Size

Dusky Grouse are generally between 15.5 and 19.75 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 14 years

Weight

Dusky Grouse (Dendragapus obscurus) facts, habitat, range, grouse pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the game bird.

Diet

Omnivore

Behavior

Ground Forager

Range

Rocky Mountains

Nest Placement

Ground

Number of Offspring

4–10 Eggs

Egg Description

Cream White

Condition at Hatching

Active, down covered, eyes open

Social Status

Solitary, Winter Flocks

Wingspan

24–28 in

What does the Dusky Grouse look like?

Dusky Grouse are large gamebirds that are predominately a bluish gray. Males have a rusty rufous patch over their eyes and purplish bare skin on their necks that is circled by white feathers.

Dusky Grouse Habitat

Forests

Dusky Grouse Facts

Dusky Grouse are the third largest grouse species in North America. They used to be considered the same species as the Sooty Grouse. Both were called Blue Grouse. They differ from other bird species in that the number of tail feathers is not consistent from bird to bird. It can vary from 15 to more than 20. They do not migrate and are permanent residents to the Rocky Mountains.

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