Sooty grouse

Dendragapus fuliginosus

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The sooty grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus) is a species of forest-dwelling grouse native to North America’s Pacific Coast Ranges.[2][3] It is closely related to the dusky grouse (Dendragapus obscurus), and the two were previously considered a single species, the blue grouse.

Adults have a long square tail, light gray at the end. Adult males are mainly dark with a yellow throat air sac surrounded by white, and a yellow wattle over the eye during display. Adult females are mottled brown with dark brown and white marks on the underparts.[3]

Their breeding habitat is the edges of conifer and mixed forests in mountainous regions of western North America, from southeastern Alaska and Yukon south to California.[3] Their range is closely associated with that of various conifers. The nest is a scrape on the ground concealed under a shrub or log. source

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