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Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Tympanuchus pallidicinctus ORDER: GALLIFORMES FAMILY: PHASIANIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Near Threatened

A smaller, paler version of the Greater Prairie-Chicken, the Lesser Prairie-Chicken is now found only in restricted areas of five states in the southern Great Plains. It inhabits open rangeland dominated by shinnery oak or sand sagebrush.

Appearance

Gamebirds
Gamebirds
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Medium to large chicken-like bird.
  • Striped brown and white.
  • Short, rounded tail.
  • Wings rounded in flight.

Immature Description

Similar to adult.

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Field MarksHelp

  • Displaying male

    Lesser Prairie-Chicken

    Displaying male
    • © Brian E. Small
  • Male

    Lesser Prairie-Chicken

    Male
    • © F.G.Irwin / CLO

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