Quiet and inconspicuous in coniferous forests, especially where moss covers ground. Typically seen on ground or along roadsides, but can be fairly high in trees. Look for a red eyebrow and the bold white spotting on sides and belly of the male. Females are browner and intricately patterned; best distinguished from other grouse by short tail and barred chest and belly. Eastern and western populations may be separate species; tail pattern and male displays differ. Feeds mainly on conifer needles. Often allows good views.