Bird of The Week – American Bird Conservancy

Bird of the Week
Plains Performer:
Lesser Prairie-Chicken
The Lesser Prairie-Chicken is slightly smaller than its close relative, the Greater Prairie-Chicken. Like that species, males perform elaborate courtship dances each spring at group display sites known as leks.The species name, pallidicinctus, derives from the Latin pallidus, meaning pale, and cinctus, meaning banded. The bird’s pale brown plumage is effective camouflage in the sandy sage and oak prairies the bird favors. That habitat is becoming harder to come by, however: Habitat loss and degradation have reduced the Lesser Prairie-Chicken’s range by 92 percent since the 1800s.Read more and hear the sounds of the lek >>
Lesser Prairie-Chicken, Noppadol Paothong

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