Greater Prairie Chicken vs. Sharp-tailed Grouse

The Greater Prairie Chicken and the Sharp-tailed Grouse are very closely related.  The Sharp-tailed Grouse is generally found in more northerly locations than the Greater Prairie Chicken, but the ranges overlap in the Dakotas.

Greater Prairie Chicken
Underparts: Barred
Tail shape: Squared
Tail color: Dark

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Underparts: Spotted and scaly

Tail shape: Narrow and pointed

Tail color: White borders

Both photos by Doug Backlund

 

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This page was last edited on 12/08/09