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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Galliformes
Family:Phasianidae
Genus:Centrocercus
Genus species:Centrocercus urophasianus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:56 cm
Identification:The male greater sage grouse has a yellow comb over its eye, a black/brown throat with a v-shaped mark separated by white feathers, and a white breast. The nape, back, and wings are gray and speckled with white. The male also has a black belly and olive air sacs on his chest. The female has a buff throat with black markings, and a lower throat and breast barred with black/brown. Her plumage is mottled with white and brown, and the belly is dark.
Habitat:Scrub grasslands
Diet:Omnivore: green plant matter, flowers, seeds, insects
Reproduction:Only a few dominant males breed each season. The females lay 7-13 eggs, which are incubated for 25-27 days.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:Western parts of Central North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Sage hen
upland ground bird
Greater sage grouse
Sage grouse
Centrocercus
Grouse
Galliformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata