Species Profile
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Attwater's Greater prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri)

Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae

Listing Status:   

Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND

General Information

The Attwater's prairie chicken is a small, brown bird about 17 inches long, with short, rounded, dark tail. Males have large orange air sacs on the sides of their necks. During mating season, males make a "booming" sound, amplified by inflating the air sacs on their necks, that can be heard 1/2 mile away.

Map of Species occurrence

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This species is listed wherever it is found, but
    • States/US Territories in which the Attwater's Greater prairie-chicken, Entire is known to or is believed to occur:  Texas
    • US Counties in which the Attwater's Greater prairie-chicken, Entire is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
    • USFWS Refuges in which the Attwater's Greater prairie-chicken, Entire is known to occur:  ATTWATER PRAIRIE CHICKEN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
    • For more information:  http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/texas/attwater/index.html
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
03/11/1967 Southwest Region (Region 2) Entire

» Federal Register Documents

Most Recent Federal Register Documents (Showing 4 of 4)
Date Citation Page Title
04/26/2010 75 FR 21649 21650 Attwater's Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri) Recovery Plan, Second Revision
11/19/2007 72 FR 65058 65059 Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Attwater's Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri)
04/23/2007 72 FR 20134 20136 5-Year Reviews of 24 Southwestern Species
03/11/1967 32 FR 4001 Endangered Species List - 1967

» Action Plans

Action Plans (Showing 1 of 1)
Date Title
08/05/2009 Attwater's prairie chicken spotlight species action plan

» Recovery

Recovery Plan Information Search
Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
04/26/2010 Attwater's Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri) Recovery Plan, Second Revision View Implementation Progress Final Revision 2
Other Recovery Documents (Showing 3 of 3)
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
04/26/2010 75 FR 21649 21650 Attwater's Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri) Recovery Plan, Second Revision
  • Notice Final Recovery Plan Availability
  • 11/19/2007 72 FR 65058 65059 Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Attwater's Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri)
  • Notice Draft Recovery Plan Availability
  • 04/23/2007 72 FR 20134 20136 5-Year Reviews of 24 Southwestern Species
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
  • Five Year Review
    Date Title
    04/28/2010 Attwater's prairie chicken 5-year review

    » Critical Habitat

    No critical habitat rules have been published for the Attwater's Greater prairie-chicken, Entire.

    » Conservation Plans

    Safe Harbor Agreements (SHA): (learn more) (Showing 2 of 2)
    SHA Plan Summaries
    Coastal Prairie Coalition (GLCI) Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative
    Gulf Coast Prairies (aka Coastal Prairie Conservation Initiative [CLCI])

    » Petitions

    No petition findings have been published for the Attwater's Greater prairie-chicken, Entire.

    » Life History

    No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

    » Other Resources

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    Last updated: April 24, 2014