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Dusky Grouse

Dendragapus obscurus ORDER: GALLIFORMES FAMILY: PHASIANIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

One of North America’s largest grouse, the Dusky Grouse used to be considered the paler, interior subspecies of the Blue Grouse. Recent DNA evidence supports the spilt of the Blue Grouse into two separate species, the Dusky Grouse and the Sooty Grouse. The male’s deep booming call is hard to locate.

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Appearance

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Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Large chicken-like bird.
  • Dusky gray.
  • Dark gray band on tip of black tail.
  • Bare skin on side of male’s neck purplish-red
  • Plumage paler, in general, than Sooty Grouse

Immature Description

Similar to adult female, but more streaked on back.

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  • Male

    Dusky Grouse

    Male
    • Displaying
    • © Brian E. Small, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  • Female

    Dusky Grouse

    Female
    • Displaying
    • © Brian E. Small, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming