Wildlife Research and Management - Wildlife Research
Date Published: 2006
Number of Pages: 3
Author(s): Michael A. Schroeder
The state of Washington has a new species of grouse, at least according to the American Ornithologists Union (Auk, 2006, Pages 926-936). Dendragapus obscurus (formerly known as the Blue Grouse) has now been split into 2 species based on genetic, morphological, and behavioral evidence; the Dusky Grouse (Dendragapus obscurus) and the Sooty Grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus). This split is actually a reversion to the previous situation during the early 1900s when the Dusky and Sooty Grouse were considered distinct.
Schroeder, M. A. 2006. Blue grouse divided by two equals dusky and sooty grouse. Washington Birder 14(3):1,4-5.
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