Greater prairie chicken
|Greater prairie chicken|
|Male displaying in Illinois, USA|
|Distribution map of the Greater Prairie-Chicken. |
Pale and dark green: pre-settlement
Dark green: current year-round
Tetrao cupido Linnaeus, 1758
The greater prairie chicken (Tympanuchus cupido), also known as a boomer, is a large bird in the grouse family. They come from North America. There used to be many of them. Because of habitat destruction, there are few left in some parts of its range. In other parts, there are none at all. People are trying to save the ones that are left.
Adults of both sexes are medium to large birds. They are similar to chickens. They have round wings and short tails.
References[change | change source]
- BirdLife International (2012). "Tympanuchus cupido". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)old-form url
- "The Last Prairie Chickens". Chicago Reader. Retrieved Mar 31, 2015.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Tympanuchus cupido at Wikimedia Commons