Here's a chance to strut your stuff by showing how much you know about these three native galliformes. Bay Buddies, below, discusses Galliformes in general. In this puzzle you will have to pick out four specific facts for each bird.

Northern Bobwhite
Ruffed Grouse
Wild Turkey

1. This bird can grow up to 4 feet tall and weigh up to 30 pounds. It is the heaviest member in the Galliformes order of birds.

2. This male bird loudly beats its wings to attract a female. It usually does this while standing on a fallen tree or log.

3. James Audubon's illustration of this bird was labelled "Virginian Partridge."

4. This bird lives in groups of five to 30 birds—called coveys—during the breeding season.

5. Ben Franklin lobbied for this bird when it was time to choose a national bird for the United States. He pointed out that the bald eagle eats carrion and steals prey from other birds.

6. This bird gets its name from its distinctive call.

7. The Bay's early Native Americans created habitat for this species by burning down forests and maintaining meadows. This not only attracted the bird, but made it easier to shoot.

8. In the winter, this bird grows its own "snowshoes": rows of bristles on their toes.

9. Unlike many galliformes, the male and the female of this species are roughly the same size and have the same coloring.

10. This male bird is much bigger and much more colorful than his female counterpart.

11. This bird has two morphs (color variations). One is mostly gray while the other is mostly brown. The browns do best in warmer, humid areas.

12. At night, these birds nestle together, tails inward, heads outward.

Answers

1. Wild turkey
2. Ruffed grouse
3. Bobwhite quail
4. Bobwhite quail
5. Wild turkey
6. Bobwhite quail
7. Wild turkey
8. Ruffed grouse
9. Ruffed grouse
10. Wild Turkey
11. Ruffed grouse
12. Bobwhite quail