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Similar Birds that Can Be Seen in Sage-Grouse Habitat

Similar Birds that Can Be Seen in Sage-Grouse Habitat


Yellow eye comb, black belly, feathered legs, long tail.

Illustration of male and female sage-grouse Map shows distribution in areas of east-central and southwest Montana.







Sharp-tailed grouse (Pedioecetes phasianellus)

Feathered legs, pointed tail. Male has pale violet neck sac.

Illustration of male and female sharp-tailed grouse. Map shows solid distribution trhoughout central and eastern Montana.







Ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Barred tail, bare legs. Male has leg spurs and white neck ring.

 Illustration of male and female pheasants. Map shows scattered distribution throughout Montana.







Hungarian (gray) partridge (Perdix perdix)

Cinnamon head, flanks barred with chestnut, rufous tail.

Illustration of Hungarian partridge. Map shows solid distribution in central and eastern Montana, scattered parts of western Montana.







Blue grouse (now referred to as dusky grouse) (Dendragapus obscurus)

Dusky grouse can be seen in sage-grouse habitats in Southwestern and South Central Montana.
Male has yellow-orange eye orb, white-based neck feathers, and a square, unbarred tail. Female has grayish underparts.

Illustration of male and female blue grouse. Map show distribution in some areas of western Montana.

Illustrations on this page by Ron Jenkins. Used with permission from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.