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Popular upland birds that are found across the country include turkeys, pheasants, grouse, and quail. The term “upland” refers to where they are often found.

Wild Turkey
Wild Turkey
Ruffed Grouse
Ruffed Grouse
Ring-Necked Pheasant
Ring-Necked Pheasant

The basic shape of upland birds is similar to chickens. They also have short rounded wings that are good for short flights and strong legs that are good for running.

Grouse and Wild Turkey feet
Wild turkey foot

Most male upland birds have more colorful feathers than females. The female’s plain feathers help her provide camouflage cover for her nest.