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    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.

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    Other Names
    • Gallo de las praderas grande (Spanish)
    • Tétras des prairies (French)
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