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Ruffed Grouse - (Bonasa umbellus) 



  • Medium-sized chicken-like bird
  • Mottled brown, slight crest on head
  • Fan-shaped tail with black edge
  • Feathered legs
  • 17" (43 cm)


  • Brushy woodland,
  • Young aspen groves 

Additional Information

  • Permanent resident
  • Declining population in SW Wisconsin
  • Spring courtship display--male rapidly
         beats wings while standing on a
         hollow log, creating a drumming or
         thumping sound that increases in speed

Ruffed grouse among branches

Ruffed Grouse on a snowy landscape 

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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