It's found wherever there are clumps of deciduous trees, especially trembling aspen and birch.
The Ruffed Grouse is specially adapted to the rigors of winter. It can walk on the surface of the snow thanks to its "snowshoes", a sort of lateral extension of the scales of its paws. It also buries itself in the snow, which protects it from the cold and predators.
It is often called a partridge, but it is not! The partridge is a rather gray European bird that was introduced in Quebec, it is the cousin of the grouse.
It can hover in place and pivot mid-air to penetrate dense brush.