Living Bird Magazine
Sooty GrouseDendragapus fuliginosus
- ORDER: Galliformes
- FAMILY: Phasianidae
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.More ID Info
- Gallo Fuliginoso (Spanish)
- Tétras fuligineux (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Sooty 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 Sooty Grouse, however, can have from 15 to 22.