(Science: ornithology) Any of the numerous species of gallinaceous birds of the family Tetraonidae, and subfamily Tetraoninae, inhabiting Europe, asia, and North America. They have plump bodies, strong, well-feathered legs, and usually mottled plumage. The group includes the ptarmigans (Lagopus), having feathered feet.
Among the European species are the red grouse (Lagopus Scoticus) and the hazel grouse (Bonasa betulina). See Capercaidzie, ptarmigan, and heath grouse. Among the most important American species are the ruffed grouse, or new England partridge (Bonasa umbellus); the sharp-tailed grouse (Pediocaetes phasianellus) of the West; the dusky blue, or pine grouse (Dendragapus obscurus) of the rocky Mountains; the canada grouse, or spruce partridge (D. Canadensis). See also prairie hen, and sage cock. The old world sand grouse (Pterocles, etc) belong to a very different family. See Pterocletes, and sand grouse.
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Thanks for these answers. I shall explain a little more about where I am coming from. I work a dog for grouse counting for conservation purposes (bear with me :) ). The main quality I look for in a dog in addition to scenting ability and bidability is stamina. Stamina, in ...
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... to livestock and wildlife include several things as well. Heather leaves and shoots are the most important yearlong food of rock ptarmigan and grouse in Scotland and Denmark. Heather may comprise 80 to 100 percent of the diet of grouse, and also constitutes a large portion of the diet of domestic ...
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