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Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus)
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Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus)
Three male Gunnison Sage-Grouse

General Description: Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus), are large ground birds -- nearly the size of a small turkey. Males are gray-brown with a black belly, black face, white collar, yellow eyebrows, and a long spiky tail with white banding. Females are smaller than males and gray-brown overall with a black belly. These birds are similar to Greater Sage-Grouse, but they are smaller, the tail is lighter-colored and shorter, and the head plumes are more prominent.

Taxonomy: Galliformes, Phasianidae, Tetraoninae

Favored Habitat: Open country with low-growing sagebrush.

Where to Find: Gunnison Sage-grouse occur northeast of the Las Vegas area. Look for them in east-central Utah and southwestern Colorado in areas with sagebrush. Try to arrange a tour with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources near Monticello, Utah, or visit a public viewing site just east of Gunnison, Colorado.

Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus) Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus)
Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus) Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus)
Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus) Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus)
Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus) Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus)
Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus)
Note white banding in the relatively short tail
Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus)
Observers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus)
Gunnison Sage-Grouse habitat in eastern Utah (view E)
Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus)
Gunnison Sage-Grouse habitat in eastern Utah (view W)
Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus)
Gunnison Sage-Grouse habitat in eastern Utah (view S)
Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus)
Gunnison Sage-Grouse habitat in eastern Utah (view N)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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