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  Ruffed Grouse  
  (Bonasa umbellus)  

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Not only is the Ruffed Grouse a year-round resident of Quebec, this species is a true homebody; most individuals never even leave their 100 hectare territory. A walk through most any deciduous woodland with a dense understory of vegetation in Southern Quebec will usually yield a Ruffed Grouse. This species is typically encountered in one of two ways. The male Ruffed Grouse drums his wings on a fallen log. This sound is often distantly heard in Quebec forests in spring, serving as a non-vocal mating call to females in the area. When approached by a hiker, the Ruffed Grouse remains still, it is only when the hiker passes within 10 feet of the Grouse that the bird noisily flies away. A startling experience, to say the least!

  Distribution of the Ruffed Grouse in Quebec:  
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