Greater Sage-Grouse / Centrocercus urophasianus

Greater Sage-Grouse / Centrocercus urophasianus

Greater Sage-Grouse

SCI Name:  Centrocercus urophasianus
Protonym:  Tetrao urophasianus Zool.J. 3 p.213
Taxonomy:  Galliformes / Phasianidae /
Taxonomy Code:  saggro
Type Locality:  'Northwestern countries beyond the Mississippi especially on the Missouri.''
Publish Year:  1827
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(Tetraonidae; Ϯ Greater Sage Grouse C. urophasianus) Gr. κεντρον kentron  point; κερκος kerkos  tail; "9. TETRAO (CENTROCERCUS) UROPHASIANUS.  (Swainson.)  Cock of the Plains.  GENUS, Tetrao, LINN.  Sub-genus, Centrocercus* (Type 3), SWAINS.  ...  *Th. κεντρον, cuspis, et κερκος, cauda.  ...  45. Sub-genus, CENTROCERCUS. (Generis Tetraonis.)  Bill compressed, the base of the culmen prolonged towards the crown of the head and dividing the frontal feathers.   Wings very short; lesser quills mucronated at their tips.  Tail rounded, the feathers lanceolate and pointed.  Lateral toes unequal; hind-toe moderate, longer than the claw.   Type.—  Centrocercus urophasianus, NOB. p. 359." (Swainson 1832); "Centrocercus Swainson, in Swainson and Richardson, Fauna Bor.-Am., 2, 1831 (1832), p. 358, 496.  Type, by original designation, Tetrao urophasianus Bonaparte." (Peters, 1934, II, p. 41).
Var. Centrocircus.

Gr. ουρα oura tail; φασιανος phasianos pheasant.