Utah Field Guide: Greater Sage Grouse

The Greater Sage Grouse is the largest of the North American Grouse. A strutting male sage grouse is not only fun to watch but to hear.

Sage grouse were abundant in pioneer times, but sagebrush eradication and intensive use of lands by domestic livestock have reduced their numbers.
Sage grouse inhabit sagebrush plains, foothills, and mountain valleys. Their preferred habitat is Sagebrush and where there is no sagebrush, there are no sage grouse.

Male Sage-Grouse gather on traditional “strutting grounds” or Leks during March and April strutting with tails erect, and air sacs inflated, these birds perform a spectacular courtship.

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