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Species of the month[edit]

Attwater's Prairie Chicken[edit]

Tympanuchus cupido attwateri

Tympanuchus cupido attwateri

Some facts about this bird:

Length: 42–46 cm.
Weight: 700–900 grams.
Diet: Leaves, seeds, and insects.
Conservation status: Highly endangered.
Habitat: Texas, United States. Confined to Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge near Eagle Lake.
Surviving number: Estimated at fewer than 50. (Down from one million in 1900!)
First described: By the noted American ornithologist Charles Bendire in 1893.

Tympanuchus cupido attwateri male has a booming call ("BOO-OOM") that can be heard a kilometer away. Puffing air sacks on either side of the neck help in making this sound. It's a part of the springtime courtship display, accompanied by rigid tail and neck feathers, strutting, bowing and foot stomping. This performance inspired the tribal dances of America's Plains Indians.

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