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Sooty Grouse are Hooting

Written by Bob Sundstrom

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[Sooty Grouse hooting, XC 483903]

In spring, a male Sooty Grouse calls from a hid perch excessive in a tall conifer.  Often known as “hooting,” it’s a really low-pitched, 5 or six-note thunking sound.

[Sooty Grouse male hooting, ML 80333, 0:35-0:38]

Whereas people would possibly simply miss these hoots, feminine Sooty Grouse are listening rigorously for them.  

    [Sooty Grouse male hooting, ML 80333, 0:35-0:38]

When a feminine on the bottom cackles in response…
[Sooty Grouse female clucking, ML 539779, 0:42-0:47]

…the male flies down and shows to her: fanning his tail, fluffing his feathers, strutting, and exposing the colourful yellow pores and skin underneath his neck feathers.

Sooty Grouse inhabit open coniferous forests within the mountains of the west, from northern British Columbia to central California. Additionally they reside year-round in moist evergreen habitats alongside the Northwest Coast, proper all the way down to sea degree. 

[Sooty Grouse female clucking, ML 539779]

Females are fantastically camouflaged in shades of grey and brown. Among the finest occasions to see a Sooty Grouse is mid-summer, when the feminine escorts her chicks to the open fringe of a path or roadside to hunt grasshoppers and nibble tender crops and wildflowers. 

[Sooty Grouse female clucking, ML 539779]

It’s one of many few occasions these secretive birds present themselves within the open. 

For BirdNote, I’m Michael Stein. 


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Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Sooty Grouse Xeno Canto 483903 recorded by B. Lagerquist, Sooty Grouse ML 80333 recorded by R. Little, and Sooty Grouse ML 539779 recorded by W. Hershberger.
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© 2022 BirdNote   April 2022        Narrator: ​​Michael Stein

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