Grassland Birds: Greater Prairie-Chicken

Nov 25, 2013

Greater Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)
Greater Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)
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A grouse of the open grassland, the Greater Prairie-Chicken is known for its mating dance, performed by males on flat display sites on shortgrass prairie called leks. Their range extends from northern Oklahoma through the Flinthills and northern Kansas, and on north through the centers of Nebraska and the Dakotas. Sarah Sortum and her brother found their way back to the family ranch in the central Nebraska sandhills by starting an eco-tourism business, allowing bird watchers to see the chicken in its mixed-grass home.

This is the final episode of Playa Country's four-part series on Grassland Birds. It originally aired on High Plains Public Radio November 26, 2013.