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Male spruce grouse (F. canadensis)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Subfamily: Tetraoninae
Genus: Falcipennis
Elliot, 1864

Falcipennis is a genus of birds in the grouse family that comprises three very similar species:

Both inhabit northern coniferous forests and live on conifer needles during the winter. Both have breeding systems with dispersed male territories, intermediate between the leks of some grouse and the monogamy of others.[1]


Falcipennis means "sickle-winged" in New Latin; the wings are swept back in flight.[2]


  1. ^ Storch, Ilse; Bendell, J. F. (2003). "Grouse". In Christopher Perrins (Ed.). Firefly Encyclopedia of Birds. Firefly Books. pp. 184–187. ISBN 1-55297-777-3.
  2. ^ Holloway, Joel Ellis (2003). Dictionary of Birds of the United States: Scientific and Common Names. Timber Press. p. 94. ISBN 0-88192-600-0.