Greater Prairie-chicken

(Tympanuchus cupido)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

LC - Least Concern

 

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NatureServe

N4 - Apparently Secure

S3 - Vulnerable

Minnesota

Special Concern

Occurrence

Common year-round resident of seven northwestern Minnesota counties

Habitat

Tallgrass prairie intermixed with cropland

Size

17 to 18 in length
28 wingspan


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Food

Mostly leaves, seeds, and cultivated grains, but also buds, berries, and insects in summer.

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Galliformes (megapodes, curassows, pheasants, quails, and relatives)

 

Family:

Phasianidae (turkeys, grouse, pheasants, and partridges)

 

Subfamily:

Tetraoninae

 
Subordinate Taxa

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus)

Heath Hen (Tympanuchus cupido cupido) (extinct)

Attwater’s Prairie Hen (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Greater Prairie Chicken
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
 
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  Prairie Chicken
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Uploaded on Aug 17, 2007

http://mdc.mo.gov

Beginning in March, prairie chickens in Missouri gather to perform an age-old mating ritual. Its held during the early morning and evening hours on a high, open area called a booming ground. Each male attempts to attract a female while defending their territory from other males. The male produces the unusual "booming" call as he sucks air into bright orange air sacs found on both sides of his neck. The booming draws-in females. They watch as males charge each other, jump into the air, fight, stamp their feet, and display their colorful air sacs. Females presumably choose the most impressive males.

 
     
  The Prairie Chicken Polka
Matthew Kirsch
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 25, 2012

Please enjoy my footage of these amazing creatures getting down to what else...but the chicken dance!

INFO:
The Greater Prairie Chicken or Pinnated Grouse, Tympanuchus cupido, is a large bird in the grouse family. This North American species was once abundant, but has become extremely rare or extinct over much of its range due to habitat loss. There are current efforts to help this species gain the numbers that it once had. One of the most famous aspects of these creatures is the mating ritual called booming.

 
     
  Meet the King......The Prairie King.
James Brion
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jan 7, 2010

See the rare mating rituals of the Greater Prairie Chicken. Rarely seen footage. Filmed at Gobble n Grunt Outfitters/Prairie King Wingshooting. This is a must see.

 
     
  Prairie Chickens in the Fort Pierre Grasslands
South Dakota
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Apr 17, 2008

This is Praire Chickens during the spring mating season at the Fort Pierre National Grasslands in South Dakota.

 
     
  Greater Prairie Chickens on Booming Grounds in Central Wisconsin
Davy Russell
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 22, 2013

Filmed from a blind near Wisconsin Rapids, WI during the annual Greater Prairie Chicken Festival - April 14, 2013.

 
     

 

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