Length: 19-27 Weight: 1-7 lbs
Male is dark gray with white barring on the breast and red combs over eyes. Tail is either black with brown tips, or all black with white spots near the base.
Canada and Alaska, extending slightly into the northern US.
The two subspecies of the Spruce Grouse have different color patterns in the tails of males, though females are indistinguishable.
When threatened, Spruce Grouse remain still and rely on camouflage, earning them the colloquial name “fool’s hen” due to their willingness to let humans approach within a few feet.
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