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Spruce Grouse (Falcipennis canadensis) | by Gerald (Wayne) Prout
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Spruce Grouse (Falcipennis canadensis)

The male Spruce Grouse came strutting out of its cover on the Pink Mountain Road off of Highway 97 the Alaskan Highway located in northern part of British Columbia.

 

The spruce grouse or Canada grouse (Dendragapus canadensis) is a medium-sized grouse closely associated with

the coniferous Boreal forests or taiga of North America. It is one of the most arboreal grouse, fairly well adapted to perching and moving about in trees. When approached by a predator, it relies on camouflage and immobility to an amazing degree, for example letting people come to within a few feet before finally taking flight, a behavior that has earned it the moniker fool hen. It is present in Quebec and its French name is tétras du Canada

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Taken on September 26, 2011