spruce grouse

a grouse, Canachites canadensis, of coniferous forests of northern North America, that feeds on evergreen buds and needles.

1835–45, Americanism

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spruce grouse
a game bird, Dendragapus canadensis, occurring in Canadian coniferous forests

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Example sentences
Spruce grouse my send a sensitive signal from our northernmost counties.
Grouse hunters may harvest either ruffed, blue or spruce grouse.
There is a trick to cleaning spruce grouse that is probably best demonstrated.
Wildlife species dependent on these higher elevation forests include moose,
  elk, and spruce grouse.
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