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FEMALE MALE
Female Spruce Grouse Male Spruce Grouse
Length 20"
Black and white barred chest, short tail, with lightly colored terminal tail band compared to ruffed grouse with darker terminal tail band, bold dark barred flanks, longer tail, and erect crested head feathers. Blue grouse have shorter necks, longer tails, and are much larger.

Length 20"
Black tail, white spots on uppertail coverts, black chest with white spots on flanks, much smaller than Blue Grouse with shorter neck and tail. Males may exhibit wing-claps or flapping during breeding season (March-May) and other displays including erected breast and tail feathers and tail flicks. Typically found in pine or spruce forests.

Upland Game Bird Projects - Spruce Grouse Location Needs

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is soliciting observations of Spruce Grouse to determine distributions in Oregon.

Spruce Grouse Observation Form (pdf)

Please report any observations of Spruce Grouse including the date, specific location (nearest creek, town, road etc), county of observation, and number of grouse to your local ODFW office or send to:

Dave Budeau, ODFW
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302

P: 503-947-6323
E: David.A.Budeau@state.or.us

Thank you for your help!

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