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SHOWING RECORD: 5 of 50   Columbian Sharp-Tailed Grouse
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Photograph by Daphne Kinzler; Frank Lane Picture Agency/Corbis
Columbian Sharp-Tailed Grouse

Tympanuchus phasianellus columbianus

Subspecies of Sharp-Tailed Grouse



First Noted by Expedition
March 1, 1806, described at Fort Clatsop, Oregon.
 

Description
Resembles, but slightly smaller than, female pheasant. 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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