Spruce Grouse?

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by BobwhiteQuailLover, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. BobwhiteQuailLover

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    Sep 25, 2010
    Wisconsin
    I MUST have care & info on them!! [​IMG]

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  2. BobwhiteQuailLover

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    Sep 25, 2010
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    Please don't bump your posts. Thank you. ~Lisa~
     
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  5. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    Once again ask your dept. of fish and wildlife. Thet will tell you about what permits you need. From my limited knowledge of these birds they are hard to raise in captivity and are more for orental purposes instead of meat, eggs, ext. They need to be in a big aviary, and for more information I would google it and read some.
     
  6. BobwhiteQuailLover

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    Sep 25, 2010
    Wisconsin
    Thanks!!
     
  7. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    Go to the quail sticky and look under wisconsin.
     
  8. BobwhiteQuailLover

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    Sep 25, 2010
    Wisconsin
    Ok.........
     
  9. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    I scraped up some information on these beautiful birds and came to the conclusion that they would not be very good birds to raise because they are wild and are usually only kept for conservation purposes because the population is very slim. They are indigenous to Northern Washington and Canada. It should be ilegal to raise them in captivity, but here is some information.


    Spruce Grouse
    Class: Falcipennis canadensis
    Order: Galliformes
    Family: Phasianidae
    Status: Uncommon resident northeast.

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    General Description

    North American RangeThe Spruce Grouse is a medium-sized, stocky, chicken-like bird with a short neck and a short tail. The female is overall gray or rufous, and cryptically patterned. The male is similar, but has red eyebrows and a black throat. The male also has a black tail with white spots that are distinctive when the tail is fanned in display. His body is a bolder black than the female's, with white spots on the body and white lines on the face
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    HabitatSpruce Grouse live in dense pine and spruce woods with mossy ground in northern montane environments. They are roughly distributed in an elevational gradient with Ruffed and Blue Grouse, with Spruce Grouse occupying the highest elevations, typically above 4,000 feet in Washington, although there is a wide altitudinal overlap.
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    BehaviorThey are often found in small flocks, which in summer are usually family groups. They are noted for their boldness with humans, often feeding on berries or spruce needles mere feet from observers, a behavior that has earned them the nickname 'fool-hen.' Males display during the breeding season by beating the air with their wings while walking along a tree trunk or while in flight, resulting in muffled thumping sounds.
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    DietSpruce Grouse feed on the ground in the summer and in trees in the winter. In the winter they eat conifer needles, mostly from pine or spruce. In other seasons they supplement the diet of needles with fresh, green shoots and leaves, berries, flowers, insects, snails, and fungi. Young birds eat mostly insects.
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    NestingOne male mates with several females, and the females provide all the parental care. The nest is built on the ground, a shallow depression under dense cover, lined with a few needles and leaves. The female lays and incubates 5-7 eggs. The young leave the nest shortly after hatching and find their own food, but the female continues to tend the young, keeping them warm at night and in cool weather.
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    Migration StatusMost Spruce Grouse do not migrate, but some do move short distances (fewer than 10 miles) between separate summer and winter ranges. They migrate on foot, and females are more likely to migrate, and go farther, than males.
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    Conservation StatusLocal populations fluctuate in numbers and may have declined in the southern portions of their range. These fluctuations are primarily in response to forest maturation, with predation pressure also having some influence. Spruce Grouse are adapted to forest fires, which create small patches of habitat at various ages. Clear cuts can mimic this effect, if they are small and interspersed with multiple-aged stands. Large clear cuts and even aged stands can have a significant negative impact on the population.
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    When and Where to Find in WashingtonSpruce Grouse are uncommon in northern Washington east of the Cascade crest. They can be found west of the Cascades in Whatcom County and northern Skagit County. They are rare at high elevations in suitable forests along the Cascade crest, south into Yakima County. Most sightings are in Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille Counties. Many experts claim that they do not occur in the Olympic Mountains, although there is some equivocal evidence to the contrary. They also occur in very low numbers in the southern Cascades, but are easily confused with Blue Grouse which are more common in that region.

    Click here to visit this species' account and breeding-season distribution map in Sound to Sage, Seattle Audubon's on-line breeding bird atlas of Island, King, Kitsap, and Kittitas Counties.
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    AbundanceC=Common; F=Fairly Common; U=Uncommon; R=Rare; I=Irregular Ecoregion Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Oceanic
    Pacific Northwest Coast
    Puget Trough
    North Cascades R R R R R R R R R R R R
    West Cascades
    East Cascades R R R R R R R R R R R R
    Okanogan U U U U U U U U U U U U
    Canadian Rockies U U U U U U U U U U U U
    Blue Mountains
    Columbia Plateau

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    Washington Range Map
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  10. BobwhiteQuailLover

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    Sep 25, 2010
    Wisconsin
    WOW!!
    Thanks!! [​IMG]
     

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