Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Saskatchewan's Provincial Bird

The mating displays of the Sharp-tailed Grouse, Saskatchewan's provincial bird, are highly entertaining to watch. They dance, they prance, they leap, strut, pout... They rattle their feathers and gobble.

I'm so happy I had a chance this year to visit the lek (location of these dominance displays, and the displays themselves), to watch this! (I have a short video, too, on my Prairie Nature blog.)


Sharp-tailed Grouse. Photo © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved

Sharp-tailed Grouse showing neck patch    © SB 

Sharp-tailed Grouse. Photo © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved

Sharp-tailed Grouse displaying feathers  © SB 

Sharp-tailed Grouse. Photo © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.

Sharp-tailed Grouse - leaping at another  © SB 


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