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Illustration by Gerald Rapp & Cullen Inc./Laszlo Kubinyi
Sage Grouse

Centrocercus urophasianus



First Noted by Expedition
June 5, 1805, Marias River, Chouteau County, Montana.
 

Description
Both sexes mottled gray-brown above with black belly. Male has long pointed tail, black throat, white breast, with elongated neck plumes flanking breast. Female's head, back, and breast uniformly barred. Length: male, 26-30 in (66-76 cm); female, 22-23 in (56-58 cm).
 

Voice
When flushed, a chickenlike cackling call. Males make bubbling sound during courtship.
 

Habitat
Open country and sagebrush plains.
 

Range
Resident from southern Alberta and Saskatchewan south to eastern California, Nevada, Colorado, and South Dakota.
 

Note
Displaying male fans tail and tilts it forward; inflates pair of naked yellowish green air sacs in neck and breast.

Species information from enature.com
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