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Sooty Grouse

Dendragapus fuliginosus ORDER: GALLIFORMES FAMILY: PHASIANIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

One of North America’s largest grouse, the Sooty Grouse used to be considered the darker, coastal 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

Gamebirds
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Typical Voice

Adult Description

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

Immature Description

Similar to adult female, but more streaked on back.

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