Lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus)
Medium-sized, grayish brown grouse. Total length 38-41 cm (Johnsgard 1983, Olawsky 1987). Sexes similar, and plumages similar throughout year. In adults, most of body is barred with alternating dark (brown) and light (buffy white) bands. Dark bands on upperparts are complex, including black and cinnamon tones; light bands on upperparts range from buff to white. Upperparts are therefore darker and more richly colored than underparts. Chin and throat largely unmarked. Tail short, rounded, and brownish black. Male displays bright yellow eye-comb above eye and dull red esophageal "air sacs" on side of neck during courtship (Copelin 1963, Sutton 1977, Johnsgard 1983). Male also has a tuft of elongated feathers (pinnae) on each side of neck; these are held erect during courtship display. Females have shorter pinnae. Immatures similar to adults, but more richly colored, especially on throat.
- States/US Territories in which the Lesser prairie-chicken, is known to or is believed to occur: Colorado , Kansas , New Mexico , Oklahoma , Texas
- US Counties in which the Lesser prairie-chicken, is known to or is believed to occur: View All
|Status||Date Listed||Lead Region||Where Listed|
|05/12/2014||Southwest Region (Region 2)|
» Candidate Information
» Federal Register Documents
|12/11/2013||78 FR 75306 75313||Listing the Lesser Prairie-Chicken as a Threatened Species With a Special Rule|
|04/10/2014||79 FR 20073 20085||Special Rule for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken; Final Rule|
|05/06/2013||78 FR 26302 26308||Listing the Lesser Prairie-Chicken as a Threatened Species With a Special Rule|
» Conservation Plans
|CCA Plan Summaries|
|Lesser Prairie Chicken and Dunes Sagebrush Lizard in NM|
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