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prairie chicken

n.
Either of two grouse (Tympanuchus cupido or T. pallidicinctus) found in western North America and having deep-chested bodies and mottled brownish plumage.

prairie chicken

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prairie fowl

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prairie grouse

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prairie hen

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(Animals) either of two mottled brown-and-white grouse, Tympanuchus cupido or T. pallidicinctus, of North America

prai′rie chick`en


n.
either of two gallinaceous birds of central North American grasslands, Tympanuchus cupido or T. pallidicinctus, of the grouse subfamily, noted for the booming sounds made by males during courtship displays.
[1685–95, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prairie chicken - brown mottled North American grouse of western prairiesprairie chicken - brown mottled North American grouse of western prairies
grouse - popular game bird having a plump body and feathered legs and feet
genus Tympanuchus, Tympanuchus - prairie chickens
greater prairie chicken, Tympanuchus cupido - the most common variety of prairie chicken
lesser prairie chicken, Tympanuchus pallidicinctus - a smaller prairie chicken of western Texas
heath hen, Tympanuchus cupido cupido - extinct prairie chicken
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A migration route for centuries, these guys also picked up some prairie chickens and pheasants to add to a wall full of greenheads.
Along with North America's own open-county gamebirds--sharp-tailed and sage grouse, prairie chickens and Western quail species--chukars and Huns provide a lot of good hunting and eating.
Neither one of us had ever hunted quail or prairie chickens, and I had only hunted sharptails a tiny bit in my life.
Best of all, she makes these records personalized by recounting her interactions with birds from trumpeter swans to prairie chickens.
Brood break-up, dispersal, mobility, and mortality of juvenile prairie chickens.
He describes prairie chickens courting during predawn hours and the calls of sandhill cranes; he evokes the magic of lying upon the prairie, hearing only the sounds of insects and the wind through the grasses.
Since its creation in 1985, it has boosted populations of ducks, ring-necked pheasants, prairie chickens, Columbian sharp-tailed grouse and other wildlife by providing areas where they can feed and reproduce.
To Ranchers, Lesser Prairie Chickens Just Mean More Government: "An odd-looking grouse with an intricate mating dance is at the center of an intense battle over wildlife conservation among energy companies, the federal government, Texas officials and environmental advocates.
Washington, July 26 ( ANI ): A Republican Congressman has sparked outrage for comparing the plight of minorities in America to snail darters and prairie chickens.
Habitat used by lesser prairie chickens for feeding related to seasonal behavior of plants in Beaver County, Oklahoma.
Beginning with a wildlife treasure map of Wisconsin showing where to seek and sight loons, sandhill cranes, gray wolves, monarch butterflies, tundra swans, sturgeon, greater prairie chickens, saw-whet owls, whooping cranes, American bison, Canada geese, and bald eagles, "Travel Wild Wisconsin" offers multiple desirable observation destinations organized by season and by months of the year into fifteen chapters.
In Minnesota, it is thought that prairie chickens were originally only found in the very southeast portion of the state; there are records of the bird near Minneapolis in 1839.