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Photo by bowerbird
Gunnison County, Colorado, June 2004
Centrocercus minimus


Male 44–51 cm (17¼-20 in), Female 32–38 cm (12½-15 in)

  • Varying shades of grey and brown plumage
  • Black belly


United States: found only in the Gunnison Basin and south-western Colorado and adjacent south-eastern Utah


This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly considered conspecific with the Greater Sage Grouse, this species was split due to geographical isolation.


They are generally to be found in sage-brush steppes.



Their diet is not well recorded, but appears to consist of insects in the summer and sagebrush leaves in the winter time.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2016)

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