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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.

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Posted by Tim Hopwood
Posted by Tim Hopwood
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Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel
Spermophilus tridecemlineatus
  Back is covered in alternating spotted and pale stripes.  Between the stripes, the coat is brown in color.  The nose, cheeks, belly and eye circle are all pale in color.  It has large eyes, and small ears.
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