The Pinnated Grouse, as Audubon called it, was very common when he first started keeping journals. He found it to be one of the most abundant species in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. However, within his lifetime, they became very scarce.
Now this species is extremely rare. Its range is greatly reduced due to habitat loss.
This species is now referred to as the Great Prairie Chicken. Greater Prairie Chickens were originally found in undisturbed, tallgrass prairies. Audubon’s illustration includes two males pursuing a female, with a beautiful Tiger Lily in the foreground. The background depicts how a prairie historically appeared.
This Princeton Edition was printed on heavy, acid free, museum quality paper using specially designed archival inks. It is a fine art edition strictly limited to 1500 prints. All Princetons are hand numbered and bear an embossed seal in the lower margin of the print.
As seen in the New York Times.