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A group of animals within the animal kingdom
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A group of animals within a class
A group of animals within an order
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The name of the animal in science
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
|31cm - 95cm (12in - 37in)|
The measurement from one wing tip to the other
|45cm - 101cm (22in - 40in)|
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
|0.3kg - 6.5kg (0.6lbs - 14lbs)|
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
How long the animal lives for
|1 - 10 years|
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
|Black, White, Brown, Yellow, Green, Blue, Red|
The protective layer of the animal
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
|Forest, shrubland and grassy plains|
|Average Clutch Size:|
The average number of eggs laid at once
The food that the animal gains energy from
|Insects, Nuts, Seeds, Berries|
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
|Fox, Lynx, Birds Of Prey|
Characteristics unique to this animal
|Long tail feathers and feathered legs and toes|
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GrouseThe grouse is a heavily-built bird that is found in the cold, forested areas of the Northern Hemisphere. The grouse is most closely related to other game birds including chickens, peasants and turkeys and, although not commonly farmed commercially, the grouse is hunted by humans in its natural habitat.
In order to survive the bitter Northern winters, the grouse has feathered legs and toes which not only help to keep the grouse warm, but they also give the grouse more grip and stability when it is walking around in the snow.
Despite inhabiting areas that often fall within the Arctic Circle, thousands of grouse are hunted as game each year by humans. The grouse population numbers are not drastically effected however as they often lay a large number of eggs so the grouse population is able to increase at a fast rate.
The grouse is an omnivorous animal meaning that it eats both plants and other animals. Despite this though, plant matter makes up the majority of the grouse's diet as the grouse eats grasses, fruits, nuts, berries, shoots, seeds and flowers, along with insects and even rodents.
Due to its stocky build and the fact that the grouse is one of the few animals able to exist within the Arctic Circle, that grouse is preyed upon by a number of native predators. Wildcats including lynx, foxes, wolves and large birds of prey all prey upon the grouse, alongside human hunters.
Female grouse nests in a dip in the ground, following an elaborate mating display by the male grouse. The female grouse can lay up to 12 eggs at a time which hatch after a month of incubation.
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First Published: 1st February 2010, Last Updated: 10th September 2018
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