Head and body length: 34 - 41 cm, wingspan: approx. 63 cm
580 - 820 g
Estimated at 10,000 - 20,000
Sandy-soil prairie with dwarf shrubs and mixed grass vegetation, along with some cropland
Kansas City, MO, USA Oklahoma, USA Panhandle, TX 79068, USA Colorado Springs, CO, USA New Mexico, USA
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.