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Upland and Game Birds

Sharp-tailed grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus)

Votes: 34

Sharp-tailed grouse
Photo illustration: Canadian Geographic; Photo: Gerry Tuchodi / Wikicommons

A medium-sized, chicken-like bird found in grasslands, prairie brush, farmlands, woodland edges and bogs across Canada (west of Quebec). The sharp-tailed grouse is spotted brown and white, with a short crest and pale orange eyecomb, a pointed, white-edged tail and long, rounded wings.

*Provincial bird of Saskatchewan

(Both Sexes)
Weight 0.6-1.0 kg
Length 41-47 cm
Wingspan 53-64 cm
Sharp-tailed grouse range map
Range map courtesy iBird for Windows
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Comments and essays appear in the language in which they were submitted

A wonderful bird. Can fool you to the closest distance. Nearly camouflaged to perfection. Lets you know when you are in her/his space. A forest favourite.

GROUSE is one of the finest game birds in this beautiful country we live in, as well as the finest eating game bird. The government makes a lot of revenue selling license for this bird each year, it should be our country's bird.

My vote is for a sharpie due to the fact the they are experiencing stress due to reductions in their breeding sites and awareness of this bird would help with this predicament. They also do not migrate and are here year round.

I love grouse and the're intelligent.

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