Greater Prairie-ChickenTympanuchus cupido
- ORDER: Galliformes
- FAMILY: Phasianidae
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
- Gallo de las praderas grande (Spanish)
- Tétras des prairies (French)
- Cool Facts
- The extinct Heath Hen was a distinct subspecies of the Greater Prairie-Chicken that was found in the scrub oakland and fire-created blueberry barrens of the East Coast. The last Heath Hens were confined to the island of Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts, where they went extinct in 1932.