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(syn. Falcipennis Ϯ Taiga Spruce Grouse F. canadensis canace) Specific name Tetrao canace Linnaeus, 1766; "Genera et Species typicae.  ...  d. *Canace (Tetr. Canace L. Gm.) canadensis (Bonasa — Briss.) R.  Ic. Av. t. 336. ic. 2908—13.  t. 337. ic. 1888—89." (Reichenbach 1852).


Gr. myth. Canace, who committed incest with her brother Macaraeus and, after the birth of their child, threw herself on the sword thoughtfully provided by her father, King Aeolus of Etruria; an allusion to the loose polygamous habits of grouse; ex “Gélinote de Canada” of Brisson 1760 (subsp. Falcipennis canadensis).