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Attwater's Prairie Chicken booming mating dance (taxidermy version)

There are only 50 Attwater's Prairie Chickens left in the wild at this National Wildlife Refuge near Houston: www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/texas/attwater/index.html

 

This is a stuffed version in the Visitor's Center display area. The bird has a very distinctive mating dance called "booming" that involves puffing out its red "cheeks," stamping its feet and making a whooshing sound that resembles blowing over an open bottle.

 

My Perceptive Travel blog post about visiting this NWR: perceptivetravel.com/blog/2009/05/14/feeling-travel-frazz...

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Taken on May 8, 2009