Central and Eastern parts of Canada and the United States
Duel by duet? It's all part of the "gobbling" dominance displays among male lesser prairie-chickens during breeding season. Rivals stand several meters apart and alternate vocalizations, often followed by an up-close face-off. They also complete by raising their magnificent pinnae. When airborne predators are around, the prairie-chicken keeps a much lower profile, staying still while gazing skyward. Sensitive to threats from above, it avoids nesting or displaying within a kilometer of tall objects that could serve as perches for predators. This is a serious complication, as its habitat is already fragmented-open space is a rare commodity.
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Head and body length: 34 - 41 cm, wingspan: approx. 63 cm
580 - 820 g
Estimated at 10,000 - 20,000