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Encyclopedia > Tetraonidae
Grouse

Sage Grouse
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Tetraonidae
Genera

Tetrao
Lagopus
Falcipennis
Centrocercus
Bonasa
Dendrapagus
Tympanuchus


Grouse are from the order Galliformes which inhabit temperate and subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere. They are game and are sometimes hunted for food.


Males are often polygamous, and many species have elaborate courtship displays. These heavily built birds have legs feathered to the toes. Most species are year-round residents, and do not migrate.


These birds feed mainly on vegetable food, but will also feed on insects, especially when feeding young.


This group is related to other members of the gamebird family as follows.


 
 

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