Latest Tetraonidae Stories

2011-08-17 10:39:49

While the early bird might catch the worm, it's the quick bird that lands the ladies, according to new research into the running performance of an Arctic cousin of the grouse. Scientists studying rock ptarmigan on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard discovered a large difference in the running capabilities between the sexes, with the larger males able to run more efficiently and up to 50% faster than females. The University of Manchester team suggested that faster, efficient male birds are...

2011-06-29 13:20:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission is seeking public input on a draft ruffed grouse management plan, which can be reviewed on the agency's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) by clicking on the "Draft Grouse Management Plan" icon under the large photo in the center of the homepage. Public comments on the agency's ruffed grouse management plan will be accepted until Sept. 1, via the website or by mail to: Ruffed Grouse Management Plan,...

2011-02-02 12:54:23

Researchers report that an arctic relative of the grouse has evolved to cope with its extreme environment by moving efficiently at high speeds or when carrying winter weight. This discovery is of relevance to welfare in the poultry industry where birds are bred to be heavier. Ultimately better understanding the physiology of a natural animal model of extreme weight gain could one day lead to improving the welfare and meat yield of domesticated breeds and so contribute to preventing a future...

2011-01-11 14:13:52

Alpine species of capercaillie affected by growth of winter tourism In the winter months, the mountain ranges of central Europe attract thousands of tourists for skiing, snowboarding and other outdoor sports, but conservationists fear this annual invasion may threaten indigenous bird species, including the Capercaillie. The research, published in the journal IBIS, reveals how the growth of human recreation may be a key factor in the rapidly declining population of these iconic alpine birds....

2010-11-23 07:00:00

PERTH, Scotland, November 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- 'The Grouse' statue, created by Scottish Sculptor Ruaraig Maciver, was officially unveiled today at one of Scotland's major road junctions, the Broxden roundabout, in Perth, Scotland. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20101123/420967 ) The sculpture which depicts a grouse taking flight can be seen emerging from the trees on the roundabout. Standing proud at an impressive 49 feet tall (including the 29 ft column) and...

2010-03-06 16:05:00

On Friday, the Interior Department said that it does not plan to list the sage grouse as endangered or threatened, but will classify the bird amongst other species that are candidates for federal protection. This news is good for the wind energy and oil and gas industries, which would have faced tighter restrictions if the bird were listed. Ken Salazar, Interior Secretary, said the listing is warranted but precluded by other species that are in greater danger. Some Western states have been...

2008-08-19 18:00:24

By Leanne Clough AS both a landowner and operator, Northumbrian Water is committed to conserving and enhancing wildlife in the region. It works in partnership with wildlife trusts, Natural England, local authorities and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to protect and enhance the environment. Its involvement as one of the principal partners of the regional Northern Kites project, which is managed by the RSPB and English Nature, working in partnership with Gateshead...

Latest Tetraonidae Reference Libraries

Sharp Tailed Grouse, Tympanuchus phasianellus
2013-10-07 11:50:53

The Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) is a prairie grouse of medium size. It has also known as the sharptail, and is known as “fire grouse” or “fire bird” by Native American Indians because of their reliance on brush fires to keep their habitat open. Six extant and one extinct subspecies of Sharp-tailed Grouse have been described. This grouse along with the Greater Prairie-chicken and the Lesser Prairie-chicken make up the genus Tympanuchus, which is a genus of grouse...

Sooty Grouse, Dendragapus fuliginosus
2012-03-22 22:07:08

The Sooty Grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus) is a species of grouse native to North America’s Pacific Coast Ranges from southeastern Alaska and Yukon south to California. Its habitat includes edges of conifer and mixed forests in mountainous regions. Its range is closely associated with that of various conifers. They are permanent residents but move short distances to denser forest areas in winter, and oddly sometimes moving to higher altitudes. It is closely related to the Dusky Grouse...

White-tailed Ptarmigan, Lagopus leucura
2012-03-22 19:59:41

The White-tailed Ptarmigan (Lagopus leucura) is the smallest bird in the grouse family. It is found in the mountains of western United States, Canada and Alaska. This is an alpine species, a permanent resident of the high mountains above the timberline throughout most of the year. Its habitat is open country and can be found in flight more often than the forest grouse, but still prefers running to flying. Its range is from Alaska to northern New Mexico, and has been introduced in a number of...

Dusky Grouse, Dendragapus obscurus
2012-01-13 00:40:02

The Dusky Grouse (Dendragapus obscurus) is a species of grouse native to the Rocky Mountains in North America. It is a forest-dwelling bird, with a breeding habitat along the edges of conifer and mixed forests in western North America, from southeastern Alaska and Yukon south to New Mexico. Its range is closely associated with that of various conifers. It is a permanent resident within its range, but will often move short distances by foot or by wing to denser forest habitat in the colder...

2007-12-18 12:58:03

The Willow Grouse (Europe) or Willow Ptarmigan (North America)(Lagopus lagopus), is a medium-sized game bird of the grouse family. It breeds in birch and other forests and tundra across northern Eurasia, and in Alaska and northern Canada. The Willow Ptarmigan is the state bird of Alaska. The spring male is brown above with a reddish neck and white wings and under parts. The female is similar, but lacks the pure white belly. In winter, both sexes' plumages become completely white except...

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