Greater Prairie-Chicken

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Greater Prairie-Chicken

Tympanuchus cupido
  • ORDER: Galliformes
  • FAMILY: Phasianidae
Basic Description

A grouse of open grassland, the Greater Prairie-Chicken is known for its mating dance. Males display together in a communal lek, where they raise ear-like feathers above their heads, inflate orange sacs on the sides of their throats, and stutter-step around while making a deep hooting moan.

More ID Info
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Other Names
  • Gallo de Las Praderas Grande (Spanish)
  • Tétras des prairies (French)
  • Cool Facts