Upland Ground

Dusky Grouse

Dendragapus obscurus
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Length: 20 in. (51 cm )
Most frequently found on the ground of open coniferous or mixed coniferous-deciduous forests, this solitary grouse is confiding and easily approached. This behavior has led to its local name of "fools hen." They roost low in trees at night, and if startled, often will fly to medium levels of trees to escape. Its food is mainly leaves, pine needles, flowers, fruits and insects. The nest is a shallow depression on the ground and hidden by a log, dense bush or other low shrubbery.

The four-digit banding code is DUGR.

Male | Jim Burns

Female | Robert Shantz

Fir forest
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Dusky Grouse
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: June 12, 2024
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/dusky-grouse

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Dusky Grouse. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved June 12, 2024 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/dusky-grouse

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

Chicago Manual of Style

Dr. Biology. "Dusky Grouse". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/dusky-grouse

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Dr. Biology. "Dusky Grouse". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 12 Jun 2024. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/dusky-grouse

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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