Endangered Species Program
Conserving the Nature of America

Featured Species | Attwater's Prairie Chicken (08:56)

Host: Sarah Leon with Mike Morrow

Attwater's Prairie Chicken (click to view larger)
Attwater's prairie chicken
Photo credit: Noppadol Paothong


Status: Endangered/ Listed on March 11, 1967
Scientific Name: Tympanuchus cupido attwateri
Description: Over a century ago, one million Attwater's prairie-chickens graced the Texas and Louisiana gulf coastal prairie. Today, less than one percent of coastal prairies remain. With so little of its home left, the Attwater's prairie-chicken has come dangerously close to following the passenger pigeon to extinction.
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Last updated: April 7, 2011