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Ruffed Grouse

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About the Ruffed Grouse

Also known as: Eastern Ruffed Grouse, Oregon Grouse, Partridge

The Ruffed Grouse is a species of grouse native to parts of North America. Male and female Ruffed Grouse are similar, though the species does have two distinct color morphs. Our cute Birdorable Ruffed Grouse is of the brown morph.

Male Ruffed Grouse use a courting technique known as "drumming" to attract females. They beat their wings to make the noise.

Ruffed Grouse prefer to spend much of their time on the ground, only taking flight at the last possible moment when flushed. They are known to have an extremely varied diet, taking small prey items as well as plant material.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 12 December 2010
Scientific Name Bonasa umbellus
  • Galliformes
  • Phasianidae
  • Bonasa
  • B. umbellus
Birdorable Family Grouse
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 September 2017)
Range North America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • jeřábek kanadský (Czech)
  • Kravehjerpe (Danish)
  • Kraaghoen (Dutch)
  • röyhelöpyy (Finnish)
  • Gélinotte huppée (French)
  • Kragenhuhn (German)
  • Tetraone dal collare (Italian)
  • エリマキライチョウ (erimakiraichou) (Japanese)
  • Kragejerpe (Norwegian)
  • cieciornik (Polish)
  • Воротничковый рябчик (Russian)
  • Grévol Engolado (Spanish)
  • Kragjärpe (Swedish)

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