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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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We're adding sharp-tailed grouse, greater prairie chickens, and ruffed grouse to your game bag.
A population study of lesser prairie chickens in New Mexico.
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.
Best of all, she makes these records personalized by recounting her interactions with birds from trumpeter swans to prairie chickens. As a birdwatcher who has been based in several states, she knows her subject deeply and advocates for endangered birds zealously.
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.
"Travel Wild Wisconsin: A Seasonal Guide to Wildlife Encounters in Natural Places" has been aptly described as "a year-long scavenger hunt through the seasons in search of Wisconsin's most interesting creatures!" 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.
One story that always fascinated me was his description of hunting prairie chickens in the late fall after a heavy snow.