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Food habits of blue grouse

January 1, 1944

The food habits of Blue Grouse vary from a simple winter diet that is made up predominantly of coniferous needles to a complex diet during the summer months, characterized by great variety of foods including green leaves, fruits and seeds, flowers, animal matter and coniferous needles. The spring and fall, which represent the transition periods between these two, are characterized by feeding habits that are generally intermediate. The diets of the two species of Blue Grouse, Dendrugapus obscurus and Dendragapus juliginosus, are quite similar as far as major types of food are concerned, but they differ considerably in the species that are taken. Such differences reflect differences in the vegetation within the ecologic and geographic ranges occupied by the two species.

Publication Year 1944
Title Food habits of blue grouse
DOI 10.2307/1364277
Authors R. E. Stewart
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Condor
Index ID 5220141
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center