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On my hike through the Uinta mountains, I came across this greyish bird and her 3-4 chicks. The timelapse I took of the birds can be seen here.

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It looks like some sort of grouse, does anybody know what kind of bird this is?

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    First glance (ok second 'cause it is hard to see...) I'd sa a female grouse.
    – Aravona
    Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 14:52
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    Yep - that is definitely grouse shaped
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Jun 4, 2019 at 22:46
  • It IS a grouse, but what variety is hard to say. Do you have a good pic with the chicks for the contest?
    – ab2
    Commented Jun 5, 2019 at 21:09

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This is the Greater Sage-Grouse or Centrocercus urophasianus

The location and overall bird narrows it down to two species: Either Centrocercus urophasianus or Dendragapus obscurus. These two birds are very similar, and quite tricky to differentiate

So the grouse is definitely in the family Dendragapus.

After scanning through multiple photo databases, this grouse appears to be Greater Sage-Grouse. The bird is "near threatened globally" (Source: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22679503/92816586)

This is a fairly hard bird to see, and the fact that it has chicks is very good to know for conservation efforts. I suggest you report it on ebird (https://ebird.org/) with the number of chicks and this photo, or iNat (https://www.inaturalist.org/)

Congratulations on this neat find!

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  • Reporting you saw a bird is good but not 5 years after the event.
    – Willeke
    Commented Apr 18 at 16:36
  • @Willeke Not at all true, maybe to some extent. Perhaps you should read this article: ebird.org/news/historickonza
    – Arrow
    Commented Apr 18 at 16:46

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