Wyoming Wildlife - The Grouse (Gallinaceous Birds)

Wyoming’s Grouse epitomize the programmed, mechanical actions of bird breeding behavior. Once the males arrive at the lek and get pumped up, the swagger and bravado they display would shame the likes of Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing) or John Travolta (Saturday Night Fever but probably not Pulp Fiction) or whoever is the latest machismo (Dancing with the Stars). It’s a parade of tail-feather-fans, colored patches of skin, shuffles and fancy steps mixed with cooing, clicks, tweets, booms and the rustle of rattling feathers. And the female’s role in all of this - it’s a “Sadie Hawkins Day” dance and the hens get to choose!

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Blue Grouse

Blue Grouse Video Clip

Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed Grouse Video Clip

Sage Grouse

Sage Grouse Video Clip

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Sharp-tailed Grouse Video Clip

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey No Clip

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant Video Clip