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Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
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Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)

General Description: Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), also called simply "sage grouse," are large ground birds nearly the size of a turkey. Males are gray-brown with a black belly, black face and collar, and a long spiky tail. Females are smaller than males and are gray-brown overall with a black belly.

Taxonomy: Galliformes, Phasianidae, Tetraoninae

Favored Habitat: Open country with sagebrush.

Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)

Where to Find: Sage-grouse occur north and east of the Las Vegas area. Look for them in northern Nevada or southern Utah in areas with sagebrush. Sage-Grouse eat sagebrush, so look for them in sagebrush country.

Comments: Some people think Greater Sage-Grouse occur in southern Nevada, but I think they are confused by Chukar or Wild Turkeys, or possibly confused by the black belly on Gambel's Quail.

Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Sage Grouse disappearing into sparse, but high, grass
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Sage Grouse on rocky terrain
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Birders overlook a lek from afar
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
After the birds are gone, birders at the lek
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
After the birds are gone, birders at the lek
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
After the birds are gone, birders at the lek
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Loose dirt and footprints
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Loose dirt, footprints, and scat
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Fresh scat piles
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Fresh scat pile
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Fresh scat (firm)
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Fresh scat (loose)
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Fresh scat (loose)
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Fresh scat (loose)
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Fresh scat (loose from yesterday)
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Fresh scat (loose from yesterday)
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Older dry scat and loose pile
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Older dry scat and loose pile
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Older dry scat and loose pile
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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