Ruffed Grouse

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 12 December 2010
Scientific Name
Bonasa umbellus
  • Galliformes
  • Phasianidae
  • Bonasa
  • B. umbellus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List

International Names

Czech (Cesky) jeřábek kanadský
Danish (Dansk) Kravehjerpe
Dutch (Nederlands) Kraaghoen
Finnish (Suomi) röyhelöpyy
French (Français) Gélinotte huppée
German (Deutsch) Kragenhuhn
Italian (Italiano) Tetraone dal collare
Japanese (日本語) エリマキライチョウ (erimakiraichou)
Norwegian (Norsk) Kragejerpe
Polish (Polski) cieciornik
Russian (русский язык) Воротничковый рябчик
Spanish (Español) Grévol Engolado
Swedish (Svenska) Kragjärpe
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