Length: 16 - 19"
Habitat: Deciduous or mixed forests with some dense underbrush; overgrown shrubby fields, old orchards, or brushy field edges. Favors early-stage forests such as those created by logging or forest fires.
Diet: Seeds, leaves, buds, catkins, and other vegetation; wildfruits, berries, and nuts; some insects, spiders, small reptiles and amphibians.
Photos of Ruffed Grouse, range, description, biology, habitat, population and sounds. (From Ruffed Grouse Society)
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
(Image credit: USGS)
Range in New England
The Ruffed Grouse is found year round throughout New England.
Year-round Map from eBird
Year-round sightings of the Ruffed Grouse (1900-present)
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS