Sooty Grouse hen with chicks

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Sooty Grouse hen (Galliformes: Phasianidae: Dendragapus fuliginosus) photographed 08/15/2014 at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.

While hiking at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington earlier this month I came across a Sooty Grouse hen (Galliformes: Phasianidae: Dendragapus fuliginosus) with at least three chicks. These birds were foraging among the meadow wildflowers near Paradise Park, seeking out tasty-looking leaves, flowers, and insects to eat. This is one of the largest grouse species in the world, and even the chicks are plump little birds.

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Sooty Grouse chick (Galliformes: Phasianidae: Dendragapus fuliginosus) photographed 08/15/2014 at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.

Sooty Grouse inhabit the Pacific Northwest from Alaska to the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. In the summer they can be found in and around woodlands at a wide range of elevations, but during the winter they stick to lowland conifer forests.

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Sooty Grouse chicks (Galliformes: Phasianidae: Dendragapus fuliginosus) photographed 08/15/2014 at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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