Sooty Grouse

One of the most incredible birds you can find on The BC Bird Trail is the Sooty Grouse. You’re most likely to come across them at higher elevations, like hiking in Squamish or Whistler on the Sea to Sky Bird Trail.

If you’re lucky, you might just catch a male doing its eye-catching display, where air sacs on the sides of the male’s throat inflate, showing off bright yellow patches surrounded by a ring of white feathers.

Active Seasons


How/where to find

Primarily an alpine species, keep an eye out when on the trail at higher elevations.

You can find the Sooty Grouse on the Central Vancouver Island, Fraser Valley, South Fraser, Sea to Sky, and Langford Bird Trails.