SHOWING RECORD: 6 of 19 Prairie Sharp-Tailed Grouse
Illustration from Historical Picture Archive/Corbis
Prairie Sharp-Tailed Grouse
Tympanuchus phasianellus campestris
Subspecies of Sharp-Tailed Grouse
September 12, 1804, in Charles Mix County, South Dakota.
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).
During courtship, a low single or double cooing note.
Grasslands, scrub forest, and arid sagebrush.
Alaska east to Hudson Bay and south to Utah, northeastern New Mexico, and Michigan.