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Greater Prairie-Chicken


IUCN Conservation Status: Vulnerable

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.


  • Display
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Displaying male makes booming "whhooo-doo-doooh."

Search the Macaulay Library online archive for more sounds and videos

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