- 15.7–19.7 in
- 26.5–45.9 oz
- Tétras sombre (French)
- Gallo azul (Spanish)
- The Dusky Grouse is the third largest grouse in North America, and one of the largest in the world. The two sage-grouse are the only larger American species.
- The number of tail feathers a bird has is usually constant within a species (and usually numbering around 10). The Dusky Grouse, however, can have from 15 to 22.
During breeding season, can be found in dry grasslands and shrublands as well as dry mountainous forests and subalpine habitats. In winter, found almost entirely in coniferous forests.
Mainly leaves, flowers and conifer needles. Dusky Grouse, especially juveniles, will also eat small invertebrates.
- Condition at Hatching
- Downy and able to follow mother.
Nest is generally a shallow depression in the ground, lined with dead vegetation and body feathers.
Almost always nests on ground with variable amounts of cover; from open, recently burned areas to dense coniferous or mixed coniferous forests.
Spends most of its time on the ground foraging, but will also forage for buds in deciduous trees and needles in coniferous trees. During winter, Dusky Grouse spend most of their time in coniferous trees eating needles. In general, they vocalize from the ground and rather infrequently.
Most populations appear stable, may be declining in some areas. Needs more research.
- Zwickel, F. C. 1992. Blue Grouse (Dendragapus obscurus ). In The Birds of North America, No. 15 (A. Poole, P. Stettenheim, and F. Gill, Eds.). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, DC: The American Ornithologists' Union.