- Tympanuchus cupido
The entire body is covered in bars.
There are 3 subspecies:
- T. c. pinnatus:
- 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 expansive 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. In the spring and summer they will eat insects. In some areas acorns form an important part of their diet.
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- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2014)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Greater Prairie Chicken. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 23 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Greater_Prairie_Chicken