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Ruffed Grouse Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Ruffed Grouse are fairly small grouse with a short, triangular crest and a long, fan-shaped tail. They have short legs and often look slimmer than other grouse species.

    Relative Size

    About the size of an American Crow; distinctly smaller than a Wild Turkey.

    Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 15.8-19.7 in (40-50 cm)
      • Weight: 15.9-26.5 oz (450-750 g)
      • Wingspan: 19.7-25.2 in (50-64 cm)