Yes, they do. I have seen Partridge and others of this family burrowing. They sort of hollow out a niche and keep warm with thier body heat. Sometimes their backs can be seen. If they hear anything, they will immediately explode up and fly off.
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> Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:06:24 -0500
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> Subject: [VTBIRD] burrowing birds?
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> Have any of you seen evidence that Ruffed Grouse actually burrow in the
> I have just started reading *Winter World* by Bernd Heinrich. In his chapter
> on snow and subnivian space he claims that Grouse and other birds actually
> burrow under the snow: -- " in the Maine woods I routinely find over thirty
> fecal pellets (in these snow shelters) where a ruffed grouse has spent the
> night. Often these birds also stay the day in their shelter, because on
> snowy, cold days I have flushed them out from underfoot under the snow even
> at noon."
> I have seen snow accumulate on birds, but I had never heard of them
> burrowing in it.
> Your thoughts or observations?
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