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 The whooping crane, a spectacular five-foot-tall bird with snow-white plumage native to North America, is one of the shining success stories to come out of banding work, according to Antonio Celis-Murillo, head of the Bird Banding Laboratory. Kate Wong, Scientific American, "What Scientists Have Learned from 100 Years of Bird Banding," 18 Feb. 2021 The state's whooping crane team is hoping W13-20 will become part of the long-term success of the recovery program. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Whooping crane fledging at Horicon a hopeful milestone," 27 Sep. 2020 The unprecedented fledging of a wild whooping crane at Horicon was decades in the making. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Whooping crane fledging at Horicon a hopeful milestone," 27 Sep. 2020 Most of the Louisiana whooping crane population lives around the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area, in Vermillion Parish. Sara Sneath | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Poachers threaten Louisiana's mostly successful whooping crane reintroduction program," 6 Sep. 2020 Last November, a whooping crane was killed in Jefferson Davis Parish. Sara Sneath | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Poachers threaten Louisiana's mostly successful whooping crane reintroduction program," 6 Sep. 2020 Over the next month, the birds would continue to migrate along the Platte, eventually representing about 80 percent of the world’s sandhill crane population and the entire native population of the endangered whooping crane. Lindsay Fendt, Smithsonian Magazine, "How COVID-19 Is Disrupting Crucial Conservation Efforts," 18 May 2020 Birding and conservation groups got involved after the whooping crane became one of the first species on the federal endangered species list in 1967. Lindsay Fendt, Smithsonian Magazine, "How COVID-19 Is Disrupting Crucial Conservation Efforts," 18 May 2020 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

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circa 1730, in the meaning defined above

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whooping crane

noun

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

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