(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).
Var. Centrocircus.

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 11 December 2018).