whooping crane

noun

Definition of whooping crane

: a large white nearly extinct North American crane (Grus americana) noted for its loud trumpeting call

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Recent Examples on the Web She and Brooks had first spoken in 2018 about the whooping crane habitat, which the board, including Collins-Bratton, approved unanimously. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "Dallas finally looks to make something grow at Samuell Farm, a gift we’ve too often neglected," 22 Jan. 2020 Standing around five feet tall, the whooping crane is the tallest bird in North America, and one of the most endangered. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Endangered whooping cranes are back at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge," 24 Dec. 2019 But the penalties levied on those who shoot whooping cranes tend to be far lower. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "What kind of animal would shoot a whooping crane?," 29 Aug. 2019 Rearing, releasing and monitoring one crane in Louisiana costs $93,700, said Lizzie Condon, whooping crane outreach coordinator for the International Crane Foundation. Washington Post, "Louisiana man gets probation in whooping crane death," 1 Nov. 2019 Once whooping cranes began showing up around the refuge’s visitor center and the two-story observation building about 200 yards (180 meters) down a trail from it, the refuge began alerting the public. Frank Sargeant, al, "Outdoors notebook: FLW Pro Circuit schedules bass tourney on Lake Martin," 24 Nov. 2019 To initiate mating, whooping cranes perform a marvellous dance, complete with head bobs, high jumps, and pirouettes. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "The Trump Administration Finds a New Target: Endangered Species," 16 Aug. 2019 In July 2018, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries got a tip that a whooping crane had been shot near a crawfish pond in Evangeline Parish. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "What kind of animal would shoot a whooping crane?," 29 Aug. 2019 Tex, a female whooping crane at the San Antonio Zoo, was part of the trouble. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "The Trump Administration Finds a New Target: Endangered Species," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of whooping crane

circa 1730, in the meaning defined above

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“Whooping crane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whooping%20crane. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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whooping crane

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: a large white nearly extinct North American crane that has a loud trumpeting call

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