prairie chicken


Definition of prairie chicken

: a grouse (Tympanuchus cupido) chiefly of the tallgrass prairies of the central U.S. with the male having yellowish-orange neck sacs which are inflated during courtship displays also : a closely related smaller grouse (T. pallidicinctus) having reddish neck sacs

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Examples of prairie chicken in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The public is encouraged to submit comments regarding the draft prairie chicken management plan no later than Feb. 18. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Jan. 2022 Her administration resisted Biden administration efforts to preserve the lesser prairie chicken’s habitat, which raises concerns that agriculture and energy production will be restricted. John Hanna, ajc, 23 Dec. 2021 There is a market solution for the lesser prairie chicken, yet the state agencies quashed it. WSJ, 5 July 2021 In 2015 a federal judge blocked the Obama prairie chicken endangered listing because the Administration had not sufficiently considered alternatives to conserve bird habitat. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 22 June 2021 On top of its global work, the Houston Zoo spearheads local projects to save native Texas species from extinction, including the Houston toad and the Attwater's prairie chicken. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 8 Apr. 2021 For the upcoming sale, Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommended deferring action on some of the leases proposed in lesser prairie chicken habitat, but none in greater sage grouse areas. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, 1 Sep. 2019 The groups sued the federal government in June to force it to make a designation for the lesser prairie chicken and its habitats. USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2019 In southeast Colorado, leases have been proposed in some of the spots where lesser prairie chickens live. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, 1 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of prairie chicken

1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prairie chicken was in 1832

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22 Jan 2022

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“Prairie chicken.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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: a grouse of the prairies of the central United States


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