GROUSE is a chicken-sized game bird. It nests on the ground and feeds primarily on conifer needles, tree buds and insects. Adaptations to the cold include feathered legs and, in some species, feather-covered feet and nostrils. Of 9 species in Canada, 4 occur in BC. Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) are widely distributed, especially in the south. Much sought after by hunters, this species has brown plumage and a fan-like tail with many bars. The male attracts females by drumming—standing on a...

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