Meet the fanciest wild birds in North America. See male sage-grouse gather by the hundreds to strut their stuff on their high-stakes breeding grounds. Get a step-by-step explanation of their extraordinary mating display and find out how only an elite few have what it takes to impress the discerning female judges.

Through narrated video, climb into a blind with biologist Marc Dantzker to get a first-hand look at the drama that unfolds each year on a sage-grouse lek.

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On a Sage-Grouse Lek is part of a larger Interactive Feature where you'll find:
  1. Fancy Males Find the males in this fast-paced photo quiz Fancy Males
  2. Ways To Be Fancy Watch rare footage of feathers, songs, dances, & design skills Ways To Be Fancy
  3. How Fanciness Evolves Watch as the birds-of-paradise bring evolution to life How Fanciness Evolves
  4. Fancy Males & Choosy Females Tour of the origins of male showiness and female choosiness Fancy Males & Choosy Females
  5. On a Sage-Grouse Lek Experience mating season with the fanciest wild birds in North America On a Sage-Grouse Lek
  6. Fanciness Lost Explore the origins of brilliantly colorful tropical tanagers—and their plain-looking relative Fanciness Lost
  7. A Fancy Experiment Discover how biologists uncover the rules of attraction in wild birds A Fancy Experiment

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