Living Bird Magazine
Dusky GrouseDendragapus obscurus
- ORDER: Galliformes
- FAMILY: Phasianidae
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.More ID Info
- Gallo oscuro (Spanish)
- Tétras sombre (French)
- Cool Facts
- 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.