Ruffed Grouse, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
The Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) lives in forests across the northern part of the United States and Canada, and in the mountainous areas of the mid-Atlantic. The Ruffed Grouse spends much of its time on the ground, foraging for seeds, insects, buds, and berries. This male Ruffed Grouse inhabited the Appalachian Mountains in Shenandoah National Park. He is displaying, otherwise known as a courtship display, by sitting on a log, showing his tail feathers, and beating his wings to make a low drumming sound.
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