prairie chicken

noun

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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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Critics of federal oil, gas leasing in Colorado focus on fate of fancy-dancing bird and public lands," 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, "Fugitive pig, proverb library, sodium warnings: News from around our 50 states," 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, "Critics of federal oil, gas leasing in Colorado focus on fate of fancy-dancing bird and public lands," 1 Sep. 2019 Leases are proposed in a part of southeastern Colorado where lesser prairie chickens live. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "State to ask Colorado BLM to defer action on some oil, gas leases proposed in wildlife habitat," 10 June 2019 State wildlife biologists in April caught lesser prairie chickens in Kansas and released them in southeast Colorado as part of a multi-year program to rebuild the bird’s population. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "State to ask Colorado BLM to defer action on some oil, gas leases proposed in wildlife habitat," 10 June 2019 All this human encroachment into grasslands imperils these rich habitats that animals, from cheetahs to caribou to prairie chickens, call home. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Earth’s grasslands are vanishing. See the wildlife that calls them home.," 11 Apr. 2019 Great prairie chicken populations grew for the first time in decades (though more recent studies question the role of genetic rescue in this success), along with the Swedish adder, a venomous snake that had suffered from inbreeding. Laura Poppick, Smithsonian, "Threatened Species? Science to the (Genetic) Rescue!," 27 Apr. 2017

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1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Prairie chicken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prairie%20chicken. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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prairie chicken

noun

Kids Definition of prairie chicken

: a grouse of the prairies of the central United States

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