Nature Journal
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Ruffed Grouse Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
 
General Information
- Sexes similar
- Medium-sized, stocky, round-winged, chicken-like bird
- Crest at top of head
- Blackish ruffs on sides of neck
- Head, neck, and back brown or gray
- Breast whitish with brown and black bars and
   chevrons
- Long, squarish tail
- Tail brown or gray with narrow black and pale bars
   and broad blackish subterminal band

Similar species
Sharp-tailed Grouse is more white and tan than brown or gray and has a long, pointed tail with white outer tail feathers. Spruce and Blue Grouse are darker and lack the black subterminal tail band.
 
 
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