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Greater prairie chicken
Male displaying in Illinois, USA
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Genus: Tympanuchus
Species: cupido
Subspecies

Tympanuchus cupido attwateri
Tympanuchus cupido cupido
Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus

Distribution map of the Greater Prairie-Chicken.
Pale and dark green: pre-settlement
Dark green: current year-round
Synonyms

Tetrao cupido Linnaeus, 1758

The greater prairie chicken (Tympanuchus cupido), also known as a boomer, is a large bird in the grouse family. They come from North America. There used to be many of them. Because of habitat destruction, there are few left in some parts of its range. In other parts, there are none at all. People are trying to save the ones that are left.

Adults of both sexes are medium to large birds. They are similar to chickens. They have round wings and short tails.


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