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Ruffed Grouse

Bonasa umbellus
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Habitat: Mixed and poplar forests.

Description: Small head crest, mottled reddish or grey-brown with a black shoulder patch, and a dark band on the tail.

Size: 38-78cm long.

Diet: Aspen buds, willow catkins and insects.

Fun Facts: During mating season the male will "drum" or beat the air with his wings while standing on a fallen log.  The vibration can be felt for ong distances in the forest.

Source: Fisher, C. and J. Acorn.  Birds of Alberta.  1998.  Lone Pine Publishing.

From our Wildlife and Plants Photo Gallery

Posted by Tim Hopwood
Posted by Tim Hopwood
Posted by Tim Hopwood

area wildlife + plants

Toadflax
Linaria vulgaris
Fleshy dark gree narrow leaves.  Yellow flowers with orange "throats" that have two lips that make it look like a mouth.  The top lip has 2 parts (lobes), the lower lip has 3 parts .  Flowers cluster at the top of the plant.
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