From March through May, greater prairie-chickens do a mating dance. They gather at dawn on open prairie areas called leks. There, the boys puff up their orange eye combs and the air sacs on their necks. These inflated air sacs allow them to make deep booming sounds. They stomp, shake their wings, and chase each other, sometimes striking with their wings, feet, and beaks. The best, most experienced fighters usually win favor with the girls. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/field-guide.
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Angie Daly Morfeld