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Northern Shoveler

Anas clypeata
Northern shovelers are dabbling ducks with a remarkably long, heavy-looking bill. The male’s green head may remind you of a mallard’s, but the bill is far heavier.

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This brochure outlines the permits needed to release captive game birds.

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Redhead

Redhead

Aythya americana
The redhead is well named. The male is distinctive with its chestnut-red head, black breast, and gray body. A diving duck or pochard, the redhead typically dives completely underwater to forage.

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Ring-Necked Duck

Aythya collaris
The ring-necked duck is named for a chestnut-colored neck ring that’s hard to see. The pointy head and the male’s well-defined black and gray pattern are the best field characteristics.

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large colorful bird in grass

Ring-Necked Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus
Long-tailed and chickenlike, the ring-necked pheasant was introduced to America in the 1880s as a gamebird. It’s present in the northern quarter of the Missouri and in parts of the Bootheel.

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Photo of ruffed grouse standing on a log

Ruffed Grouse

Bonasa umbellus
Restoration efforts are raising the numbers of this chickenlike bird in our state. Look for brown, rufous, and gray streaks, bars, and bands. A dark ruff on the neck appears on both sexes but is used by the male in courtship displays.

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Photo of ruffed grouse standing on a log

Ruffed Grouse

The ruffed grouse is a chickenlike bird with brown, rufous, and gray color morphs. Adults are streaked above and barred below. The tail has a dark bar near the tip, but females lack the dark band on central tail feathers. Both sexes have a dark ruff on the neck. There is also a crest atop the head, though it sometimes lies flat.

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Photo of ruffed grouse standing on a rock ledge

Ruffed Grouse

Habitat loss is a primary reason grouse numbers have declined. They require different specific habitats during different parts of their seasonal cycle. MDC is working to assist landowners to provide the habitat grouse need for food, cover, breeding, drumming, nesting, and overwintering.

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Photo of male ruffed grouse performing booming display

Ruffed Grouse Booming

Both sexes of ruffed grouse have a dark ruff on the neck; the male uses the ruff in spring to display to females. In April, males perform distinctive courtship displays at dawn and dusk, usually standing on a fallen log and making rapid forward wingbeats, creating a low, pumping noise, with accelerating speed.

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Photo of female ruffed grouse on nest

Ruffed Grouse On Nest

Female ruffed grouse are ground-nesters, usually laying about 6–8 eggs. Habitat improvements implemented to boost grouse populations are good for numerous other species of plants and animals as well.

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