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Prairie Sharp-Tailed Grouse

Tympanuchus phasianellus campestris

Subspecies of Sharp-Tailed Grouse



First Noted by Expedition
September 12, 1804, in Charles Mix County, South Dakota.
 

Description
Mottled with buff, slightly paler below. Tail short and pointed, with white outer tail feathers. Male has purple neck patch and yellow comb over eye; tail longer than that of female. Length: 15-20 in (38-51 cm).
 

Voice
During courtship, a low single or double cooing note.
 

Habitat
Grasslands, scrub forest, and arid sagebrush.
 

Range
Alaska east to Hudson Bay and south to Utah, northeastern New Mexico, and Michigan.
 

Note
Species information from enature.com
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