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"Franklin's Spruce Grouse"

The dashing, male Spruce Grouse has bright red combs above each eye but, unlike our other grouse, he has no throat patch to impress the hens with in spring. Their diet consists of mostly spruce and pine needles. Because they have to eat so many more needles in winter, their digestive tract elongates by almost 40%, then shrinks back to normal length in spring.

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