The Spruce Grouse Think That It’s Spring

We had some interesting visitors on Saturday – a pair of spruce grouse (Falcipennis canadensis) who were certain that Spring has arrived.

The male put on quite a performance over a period of about half an hour.

Male spruce grouse (Falcipennis canadensis) in Spring display

He certainly had the eye of the female. Nice work, and good luck, buddy!

Female spruce grouse (Falcipennis canadensis)

From my Sibley’s Guide, I was convinced that these are taiga spruce grouse, but Wikipedia has a very different subspecies listing so now, as usual with my bird identification, I’m left confused. Oh well, they are spruce grouse, even if I don’t know the subspecies.

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One Response to The Spruce Grouse Think That It’s Spring

  1. Marie Garvey says:

    Excellent photos! I don’t know anything about spruce grouse, but your photos confirm that the ones I have seen were all female!

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