British Columbia Outdoor Wilderness Guide
Description - This chicken-like bird is a red-brown
or grey-brown with a slight crest, a fan-shaped, black-banded
tail and black "ruffs" on each side of the neck. The female
makes soft hen-like clucks; in the spring the male beats
the air with it's wings creating a drum-like sound.
Distribution - The grouse's natural habitat is in
deciduous and mixed forests, especially in those with
dense undergrowth and scattered clearings. They occur
from the tree line of Alaska and northern Canada south
throughout our country.
- During the summer the grouse feeds on insects, seeds,
fruits and sometimes, a small snake or frog; the winter
diet is much more limited consisting of buds and catkins.
A shallow, sheltered depression lined with leaves and
filled with 9 to 12 pinkish-buff, plain or spotted eggs
characterizes the nest.