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Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Tympanuchus pallidicinctus ORDER: GALLIFORMES FAMILY: PHASIANIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Vulnerable

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.

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Appearance

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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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  • Displaying male

    Lesser Prairie-Chicken

    Displaying male
    • © Brian E. Small
  • Male

    Lesser Prairie-Chicken

    Male
    • © F.G.Irwin / CLO

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