JOHN DAY TRUE VALUE'S WILDLIFE SPOTLIGHT: Sage grouse

Greater Sage Grouse<BR>Centrocercus urophasianus

Sage grouse adults have a long, pointed tail and legs with feathers to the toes. Adult males have a yellow patch over the eye, are greyish on top with a white breast, a dark brown throat and a black belly; two yellowish sacs on the neck are inflated during courtship display. Adult females are mottled grey-brown with a light brown throat and dark belly.

Claims to fame: The greater sagegrouse is the largest grouse in North America.

Habitat: This species is a permanent resident. Some move short distances to lower elevations for winter. These birds forage on the ground. They nest on the ground under sagebrush or grass patches.

Range: Its range is sagebrush country in the western United States and southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada.

Where to see it: Throughout Grant County.

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