Medium-sized chickenlike bird. Males have a slate gray head and neck, a red eyebrow, a black chest, and white spots on lower belly.© Kevin Pero | Macaulay LibraryMichigan, October 11, 2020
The Franklin's subspecies of Spruce Grouse in Montana, Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia have a darker black breast without white barring.© Joshua Covill | Macaulay LibraryMontana, October 27, 2019
Eats primarily pine and spruce needles in the canopy, but also forages on the ground for insects, fresh growth on shrubs, and berries.
Plump bird of spruce forests. Females come in two color morphs, gray and chestnut. This female has chestnut mottling throughout with strong horizontal barring on the underparts.© Nick Tepper | Macaulay LibraryNew Hampshire, June 13, 2020
Male (Spruce)© Gerald Romanchuk | Macaulay LibraryAlberta, October 24, 2020
Chick© Andrew Dreelin | Macaulay LibraryAlaska, June 29, 2019
Males have a slate gray head and neck, a red eyebrow, a black chest, and white spots on lower belly. The tail is either dark or tipped in chestnut depending on location. This individual from Maine has chestnut tips.© Luke Seitz | Macaulay LibraryMaine, May 09, 2011
Male (Franklin's)© Amanda Guercio | Macaulay LibraryBritish Columbia, June 30, 2020
Feeds primarily on needles from spruce and pines, but when not eating needles they forage on the ground, eating fresh growth from shrubs and understory plants.© Alex Eberts | Macaulay LibraryMinnesota, January 05, 2018
Habitat© Andrew Spencer | Macaulay LibraryOregon, August 29, 2020
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