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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The whooping crane's habitat in North America stretches from Florida to Canada. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Rare whooping cranes hatch at Florida wildlife refuge," 9 May 2018 Phase one of the campaign, called the Heart of the Zoo, celebrates the biodiversity of Texas and will feature a Texas Wetlands habitat featuring alligators, bald eagles, whooping cranes, turtles and waterfowl. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "$150 million campaign announced for Houston Zoo," 9 Apr. 2018 That’s the most that have hatched since the program began.’’ Biologists estimate more than 10,000 whooping cranes lived in North America before habitat loss and overhunting nearly killed them off. BostonGlobe.com, "Birth of 5 chicks signals comeback for Louisiana’s whooping crane," 13 July 2018 Biologists estimate more than 10,000 whooping cranes lived in North America before habitat loss and overhunting nearly killed them off. Washington Post, "Louisiana’s whooping crane comeback: 5 chicks this year," 13 July 2018 Return in the morning and listen as a mated pair of whooping cranes standing in the salt marsh call to each other. Jody Schmal And Mizanur Rahman, Houston Chronicle, "10 awe-inspiring Texas sites to help beat the dog days of summer," 29 June 2018 In a southwest Louisiana crawfish pond, two endangered whooping crane chicks peck about for crawfish, insects, plants and other food. Washington Post, "Louisiana’s whooping crane comeback: 5 chicks this year," 13 July 2018 White Oak has previously bred sandhill cranes but never whooping cranes, Shurter said. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Rare whooping cranes hatch at Florida wildlife refuge | Miami Herald," 9 May 2018 But the Kissimmee Prairie region of Central Florida proved to be a difficult place for whooping cranes to survive and hatch chicks. Sara Sneath, NOLA.com, "14 endangered whooping cranes may be moved from Florida to Louisiana," 15 Mar. 2018

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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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