Ruffed Grouse

General description.

The Ruffed Grouse is also referred to as the Partridge The Ruffed Grouse (Partridge), a bird of the pheasant family, is a dramatic bird in both appearance and behavior. The Ruffed Grouse's (Partridge)plumage comes in two forms. There is a morph that is more gray overall. This morph is the most widespread and common. There is also a redder morph that is only found in the Appalachians and the Pacific Northwest. During the mating season, the male Ruffed Grouse (Partridge) makes a low-pitched drumming call that can be heard from half a mile away. The female Ruffed Grouse (Partridge) often acts as though she is disabled in someway to draw predators away from the nest, flying away just in time to not become a meal. The Partridge can often be found in the forest searching for the insects and berries that it eats. The Ruffed Grouse (Partridge) nests on a tree stump or even bare soil. The Ruffed Grouse (Partridge) is considered a game bird and is hunted, with more Ruffed Grouse killed every year than any other grouse species.

Female appearance.

The tail and the crest of the female Ruffed Grouse (Partridge) are shorter.

Flight pattern.

Direct with strong, rapid wing beats.

Breeding habits.


Calls or song.


Population and distribution.


Nesting habits.

The Ruffed Grouse (Partridge) nests in scrapes in the ground and lays 8-14 buff eggs in May
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