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Sharp-tailed Grouse

Tympanuchus phasianellus
Photo by Laura Erickson

Habitat: Open areas in native grassland.

Description: Spotted belly, long tail feathers, yellow eye comb, males have a purple air sac on their neck.

Size: 38-51 cm long

Diet: Flowers, buds, seeds and insects.

Fun Facts: A lek is the dancing grounds for male birds to strut their stuff for the ladies. In the courtship dance the males puff up purple air sacs on their neck, drape their wings down and point their tails straight up! Many native cultures on the prairies imitate this in their traditional dances.

Source: Fisher, C. and J. Acorn. 1998. Birds of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

area wildlife + plants

Smooth brome
Bromus inermis

This long-lived sod forming grass has a deep root system. On newer leaves, you should see an “M” shape.


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