Gunnison Sage-Grouse Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    The Gunnison Sage-Grouse is a large grouse with a chubby, round body, small head, and long tail. Males change shape dramatically when they display, becoming almost spherical as they puff up their chest, droop their wings, and fan their tail into a starburst.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Ring-necked Pheasant; smaller than a Wild Turkey.

    Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 18.1-22.1 in (46-56 cm)
      • Weight: 34.9-85.9 oz (990-2435 g)