Greater Sage-Grouse

Displaying Greater Sage GrouseOther Names:

Sage Grouse

Range: 

Western United States and southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. Permanent residents, except for small movements to lower elevations during the winter. 

Description:

Males have a dark brown-grey mottled plumage, except for a white upper chest and neck area.  There is a yellow patch over each eye.  The throat is brown and the abdomen blackish.  Two yellowish sacs on the chest can be inflated as part of the mating ritual.

Females are mottled grey-brown, with a dark belly and a paler throat.

The tail is long and pointed.  The legs are covered with feathers down to the toes.

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Greater Sage-Grouse

Greater Sage-Grouse

Bill Shape
curved
thick billed
Regions
alberta
british columbia
california
colorado
idaho
kansas
louisiana
montana
nebraska
nevada
north dakota
oklahoma
oregon
saskatchewan
south dakota
utah
washington
wyoming
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
pointed-tail
Wing Shape
rounded-wings
Action
hopping
walking
Behavior
bounding
flocks
jerks
Markings
bold
tailbands
wingbands
Sounds
clear
staccato
Location
ground dwelling
north in winter
south in winter
Habitat
fields
flats
Grasslands
Color
brown
white
Body Shape
upland-ground
Size
large
small
Order
turkey, grouse, chicken, quail, partridge, pheasant - order: galliformes
Conservation Status
Near Threatened