Ruffed Grouse Head

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“Bonasa umbella. Ruffed Grouse. “Partridge;” “Pheasant;” Above, variegate reddish- or grayish-brown, the back with numerous, oblong, pale, black-edged spots. Below, whitish, barred with brown. Tail brown or gray, numerously and narrowly black-barred, with a broad subterminal black zone, and tipped with gray. The neck-ruffle of the male mostly glossy black, and very full; of the female smaller and more brown. The colors are endlessly varied as well as blended, and the prevailing tone of the brown birds of the East shades insensibly into the Western varieties.” Elliot Coues, 1884


Bird Anatomy


Elliot Coues Key to North American Birds (Boston, MA: Estes and Lauriat, 1884)


TIFF (full resolution)

2400×1521, 1.3 MiB

Large GIF

1024×648, 191.4 KiB

Medium GIF

640×405, 90.3 KiB

Small GIF

320×202, 25.3 KiB