Cock of The Plains by James Audubon



Title

Cock of The Plains

Artist

James Audubon

Ref GM2024
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 40" x 26" (102 x 66 cm)
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Description  
Cock of plains which is known as Sage Grouse is the largest grouse from temperate North America. Adults have a long, pointed tail and legs with feathers to the toes. Like in most Galliformes, there is pronounced sexual dimorphism. This species are notable for their elaborate courtship rituals. Each spring the males puffs up a large, whitish air sack on its chest, makes a soft drumming noise, and struts around with his tail feathers displayed and air sack puffed up. Groups of females observe these displays and select the most attractive males to mate with. Only a few males do most of the breeding. Males perform for several hours in the early morning and evening during the spring months between February and April. Hens build nests and lay and incubate their eggs under the cover of sagebrush. The hen uses grass and forbs between patches of sagebrush for additional cover. Chicks can walk as soon as they are hatched and are able to fly short distances within two weeks. Within five weeks they are able to fly longer distances. Populations of sage grouse are in decline due to environment loss and decline of the pristine plains environments it requires to mate. The sage grouse is found in significant numbers within only half of the states comprising its original territories.