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Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by Jlybeck, Oct 18, 2018.

  1. Jlybeck

    Jlybeck New Member

    Been forever since I’ve been on here. I was out deer hunting the other day and shot this odd looking blue grouse. I have shot and seen many grouse in my day but haven’t ever seen one quite like this... any ideas? Of course he rolled off a bank and hit every log on the way down. Going to have to Frankenstein this one.

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  2. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

    in "grouse of the world" they have studies of wild hybrids...one such being a willow ptarmigan X blue grouse.....are you in an area that has ptarmigan?...otherwise just a mixed piebald...?

  3. Jlybeck

    Jlybeck New Member

    We do have a few willow ptarmigan at really high elevations that do overlap with the blue grouse. Hadnt thought of that.
  4. Nancy C

    Nancy C Well-Known Member

    It looks like a pied mutation. Cool bird!
  5. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Very unique bird! Wish we had grouse here. Millions of acres of pine plantations won't allow us to have quail, much less grouse. Thanks for posting!