The Sooty Grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus) is the namesake bird of 'Grouse' Mountain. These birds in habit the sub alpine slopes all over the North Shore of Vancouver. Previously this species, along with the Dusky Grouse, were considered one species known as Blue Grouse. Recently Ornithologists (bird scientists) split the Blue Grouse species in two as DNA evidence showed they were more removed from each other as previously thought. Sooty Grouse inhabit the western slopes of BC closest to the ocean. The males will make deep booming calls from the tree tops to attract females and once the females notice them they will do elaborate breeding displays, strutting around scratching the ground, turning in circles, flaring out their neck feathers to reveal a corrugated yellow skin patch underneath. It is an everyday event to hear the male Grouse calling in the spring on Grouse Mountain. In the mid-summer we also often see mom leading out anywhere from 4-12 chicks!