Greater prairie chicken (ympanuchus cupido) bird Facts, Eggs Images and Pictures

Greater prairie chicken (Ympanuchus Cupido)

Greater prairie chicken is a large bird from the grouse family. This chicken is also called as a  pinnated grouse or boomer. The Greater prairie chicken is known for its mating dance. Here in this article, you will see the Greater prairie chicken images, facts, Eggs information in brief. 

This bird has a three subspecies. 

  1. Heath hen
  2. Attwater’s prairie chicken
  3. Greater prairie chicken

Greater prairie chicken pair photo

 

Greater prairie chicken facts

Identification

  • This is the medium to large size stocky bird with round shape wings.
  • They have a Striped white and brown feathers on the full body.
  • Greater prairie chicken has a short rounded tail with blue color.

Greater prairie chicken information image

 

  • Male:

The male bird has orange sacs on the sides of their throats to attract the female bird.

They have a dark yellow color feather like a comb over the eyes.

The male bird also raises their ear-like feathers above their heads while ready for mating.

Greater prairie chicken male picture

  • Female:

The female bird does not have a yellow color comb and orange sacs on throat like as the males.

Greater prairie chicken females are identified by their short head, pinnae, barred crown and tail feathers.

Female Greater prairie chicken image

Greater prairie chicken  Specification 
Scientific name Tympanuchus cupido
Other Names Poule des prairies (French)
Length 16.9 in
43 cm
Weight 24.7–42.3 oz
700–1200 g
Wingspan 22 in
Sexual Maturity 1 year
Fledging Period 8-10 weeks
Lifespan 2-3 years
   

Where does the greater prairie chicken live?

Greater prairie chicken prefers to live in open and tall grass prairies. They are mainly found in midwestern U.S, oak savannah and agricultural land mixed with prairie.

Greater prairie chicken habitat photo

 

What does the greater prairie chicken eat?

This bird mainly like to eat seeds, leaves, buds, cultivated grains, and fruit. In the summer seasons, they also eat different green plants and insects. They are mostly found food in the early morning and early evening.

Greater prairie chicken bird diet image

Eggs

  • The female bird creates the bowl-shaped nest on the ground by using the feathers, dry grass, and dead leaves.
  • The chicks are fully independent after 8-10 weeks from the hatching process.
Greater prairie chicken egg  Specification
Number of Eggs 11-12
Incubation period 23-25 days
 Egg description Dull Creamy white color egg
   

 

Sound

When the male bird attracts female bird then they are makes booming like “whhooodoodoooh.”

Greater prairie chicken Images and Pictures

 

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