Other Names: sharptail
Distribution: central Canada and the northern Midwest, with a separate population in Alaska.
Size: 41-47 cm in length with a 56-68 cm wingspan.
Plumage: Both sexes are brown mottled with buff, and slightly paler below. The tail is short and pointed, with white outer tail feathers. Males have a purple neck patch and yellow comb over the eye; the tail is longer than that of the female. The legs, beak, and eyes are brown.