- Tympanuchus cupido
The entire body is covered in bars.
Mainly seen in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Missouri, with smaller populations in Colorado, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Texas.
The species itself belongs to the Genus Tympanuchus, but placed in Tetraonidae by some authorities.
There are 3 subspecies:
- T. c. cupido: (Heath Hen)
- Formerly north-eastern US; extirpated ca 1932
- T. c. attwateri: (Attwater's)
- Coastal south-eastern Texas
The Attwater's subspecies of the Texas coastal grasslands is critically endangered.
Seen in tall-grass prairies.
Often seen in flocks of over 15. This species is famous for the male's displays on the lek.
Their main diet consists of grains.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2014)
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