Attwater's prairie chicken

noun Att·wa·ter's prairie chicken \ˈat-ˌwȯ-tərz-, -ˌwä-\
variants: less commonly

Attwater’s greater prairie chicken

Definition of Attwater's prairie chicken

  1. :  an endangered grouse (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri) found in the coastal prairie region of Texas that is a subspecies of the greater prairie chicken (Tympanuchus cupido) but is distinguished by its smaller size and slightly darker coloration The Attwater's prairie chicken once was found over 6 million acres of coastal prairie that stretched from South Texas to western Louisiana. Today, the prairie chicken's population has shrunk from about 1 million birds to only 58 wild birds. — Bob Hood, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 24 Apr. 1997

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Origin and Etymology of attwater's prairie chicken

after Henry Philemon Attwater †1931 British-born American naturalist The taxonomic name Tympanuchus americanus attwateri (currently T. cupido attwateri) was given to the bird by U.S. Army officer and ornithologist Charles Bendire (1836-97) in Forest and Stream, vol. 40, no. 20 (May 18,1893), p. 425.

First Known Use: 1907

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