21 x 31.5 inches
Bird Alphabet W is for Wild Grouse
Grouse Birds - common name for a game bird of the colder parts of the Northern Hemisphere. There are about 18 species. Grouse are henlike terrestrial birds, protectively plumaged in shades of red, brown, and gray. The nostrils are entirely hidden by feathers, and the legs are partially or completely feathered.
The most common eastern American grouse is the ruffed grouse (sometimes miscalled partridge or pheasant), Bonasa umbellus, a forest bird noted for the drumming sound made by the male during its elaborate courtship dance. The ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus), or snow grouse, is an arctic species that migrates to the NW United States in winter, when its plumage changes from rusty brown to white, matching the snow. Western American grouse include the prairie chicken, Tympanuchus cupido, once common in the East, and the sage grouse, Centrocercus urophasianus. The latter, called also sage hen, sage cock, or cock of the plains, is the largest American grouse (25–30 in./62.5–70 cm long) and so named because its flesh tastes strongly of sage—the result of feeding on sagebrush buds. The males of both these species are distinguished by yellow air sacs on the neck that inflate to an enormous size during courtship. European species include the capercaillie, the largest grouse (roughly the size of turkey), and the black grouse. The red grouse is found in Great Britain.
Striking fluctuations in the abundance of all grouse species occur in intervals of 7 to 10 years. A combination of factors, rather than a single explanation, appears to be the cause for this not entirely understood phenomenon. Fortunately, grouse have high reproductive rates, which enable them to restore their populations after a low-level period.
Grouse are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Galliformes, family Tetraonidae.
About Alphabirds Poster:
This poster was printed on museum quality fine poster paper, using professional, full color offset printing. This poster is part of a limited edition that was printed in 1996. The original artwork was painted on one piece of watercolor paper.
There is protective varnish on each bird alphabet letter.
This poster is a perfect gift for a baby shower, birthday, and for anybody in all ages who love birds and nature. It is educational as well as artistically attractive. Ideal for a school classroom or student's room.
For a limited time, your poster will come with the artist's signature with no extra cost to you.
This poster is unframed and unmatted, and comes rolled up and will be shipped in a sturdy cardboard shipping tube. Remember you are paying for a high quality poster. These posters lay flat and have never been rolled. They will only be rolled at the time of purchase and usually only spend at the most 3-5 days in the Shipping Tube during shipment.
About the artist, Yong Chen:
In China, Yong Chen grew up in a village with a strong cultural and artistic tradition. He have been drawing and painting nearly every day since he was four years old.
As a young adult, he explored different forms of art. I was a violinist, a song-writer and a passionate young poet. Yong found that, whether the final product was a poem, a song or a picture, the creative process was the same. Each was a means for him to express the emotions he feels through the relationship of people to nature.
Yong Chen is a children's book illustrator/author. His published children's books include: A Gift, Finding Joy, Miz Fannie Mae's Fine New Easter Hat, Starfish Summer, Swimming with Sharks, his watercolor illustrations also appeared in Spider Magazine, Cricket Magazine and AppleSeeds Magazine. Yong Chen is also a watercolor portrait painter and college art professor.
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