Sharp-Tailed Grouse

The Sharp-tailed Grouse are one of the larger prairie grouse.  They have sharp-pointed tails which stick straight up when they are displaying.  When displaying, the males point their tails up, spread their wings, hold their heads low, and stamp their feet in a sort of stutter-dance.

The males of a community all dance at the same time as a part of their battle over territory and to impress females.

The Sharp-tailed Grouse is primarily found in more northerly locations than its close cousin, the Prairie Chickens.  They have disappeared throughout much of their historic southern range.