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Greater Prairie Chicken

Goura cristata

Τhe greater prairie chicken or pinnated grouse (Tympanuchus cupido), is a large bird in the Galliformes order. This North American species was once abundant, but has become extremely rare and extirpated over much of its range due to habitat loss. One of the most famous aspects of these creatures is the mating ritual called booming. These booming grounds are the area in which they perform their displays in hopes of attracting females. Their displays consist of inflating air sacs located on the side of their neck and snapping their tails. According IUCN the species is Near Threatement (NT)

There are sixteen specimens of this species in the museum’s collection, one of which was a donation made in 1877 from A. M. Ross of Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foto: Chr. Karantzolas