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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Phasianidae.


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  • Over 60 permanent residents including ruffed grouse Bonasa umbellus and wild turkey Meleagris gallopavo can be seen all year round.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, United States

  • Goose, ptarmigan (Lagopus spp.) and ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) are common in the north.

    Eastern Canadian forests

  • The Partridge (_Bonasa umbellus_) is one of our most native and characteristic birds.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866

  • _Bonasa_, generally known as "partridges" or ruffed grouse.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3 "Brescia" to "Bulgaria"

  • In England the term is applied only to the true partridge (Perdix perdix) and its nearly related varieties, but in the United States it is also used to designate the ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus), the common quail (Colinus virginianus) and various other tetraonoid birds.

    Chapter 2. The Beginnings of American. 4. Changed Meanings

  • (Dendragapus franklini); the small speckled kind, the adult female and the young, of the same species; the small brown, the Oregon ruffed grouse, a variety only (var. fuscus) of the Eastern ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus).

    Original journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806

  • Spruce Partridge, differing from the partridge of New England, which is the Ruffed Grouse, _Bonasa umbellus_.

    Voyages of Samuel De Champlain — Volume 03

  • Some 13 of these are listed including lesser kestrel Falco naumanni (VU), Chinese grouse Bonasa sewerzovi (VU), Chinese monal Lophophorus lhuysii (VU), blue-eared pheasant Crossoptilon auritum, Sichuan jay Perisoreus imternigrans (VU), snowy-cheeked laughingthrush Garrulax sukatschewi (VU), rufus-headed robin Luscinia ruficeps (VU) and a subspecies of Tengmalm's owl Aegolius funereus beickianus which is endemic to the region.

    Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area, China

  • Beaver (Castor canadensis), black bear (Ursus americanus), moose (Alces alces), muskrat (Ondatra zibethica), wolf (Canis lupus), snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus), sandhill crane (Grus canadensis), ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus), spruce grouse (Dendragapus canadensis), and waterfowl are characteristic of this ecoregion.

    Alberta-British Columbia foothills forests

  • Willow ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) occur south of the Hudson Bay coast, and toward the lower end of James Bay black bear (Ursus americanus), wolf (Canis lupus), moose (Alces alces), lynx (Lynx canadensis), ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) and American black duck (Anas rubripes) are found.

    Southern Hudson Bay taiga


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