Greater Prairie Chicken

  • Scientific name: Tympanuchus cupido
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Galliformes
  • Family: Phasianidae
  • Genus: Tympanuchus
  • Species: T. cupido

Fun Facts


  • Due to habitat loss, greater prairie chickens are extremely rare or extinct in their previous range in North America.
  • Greater prairie chickens are not threatened by severe winter weather. They "dive" in to the snow to keep warm.
  • Male greater prairie chickens have air sacs on their neck that they can inflate and display, along with snapping their tail, creating a "booming" sound while trying to attract a mate during breeding season. They also have feathers on top of their head "comb feathers" which they can raise up to help with their display.
  • Greater prairie chickens are endangered in Illinois.
Greater Prairie Chicken
Male Greater Prairie Chicken