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SHOWING RECORD: 6 of 9   Richardson's Blue Grouse
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image: Richardson's Blue Grouse
Photograph by Darrell Gulin/Corbis
Richardson's Blue Grouse

Dendragapus obscurus richardsonii

Subspecies of Blue Grouse



First Noted by Expedition
July 21, 1805, north of Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana.
 

Description
Male's sooty-gray plumage sets off yellow-orange comb over eye. Each side of neck has white-based feathers over an inflatable bare patch. Length: 15.521 in (39-53 cm).
 

Voice
Male gives a series of deep hoots, whoop, whoop, whoop, whoop, whoop, increasing in tempo and volume.
 

Habitat
Burned areas, brush in coastal rain forest; montane forests, slashes, and subalpine forest clearings.
 

Range
Resident from southeastern Alaska and Northwest Territories south to California, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico.
 

Note
In winter this grouse feeds exclusively on conifer needles; its summer diet consists of insects, seeds, and berries.

Species information from enature.com
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