Sage grouse chicks are born with their eyes open and are covered in down when they emerge from the egg.
In late summer, hens and chicks typically move to wet areas where still-green plants and abundant insects provide the birds with nutrients to sustain them for the upcoming winter.
Sage grouse do not migrate like other birds, but they do move from summer range to winter range, often congregating in large flocks during winter to help avoid predation.
When they are fully grown, sage grouse are the largest North American grouse species. Females weigh between 2.5 and 3.5 pounds; males weigh between 4 and 7 pounds.
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