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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered, booming Attwater’s prairie chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri) at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered, booming Attwater’s prairie chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri) at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered Attwater’s prairie chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri) at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered, booming Attwater’s Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri) at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas.

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An Attwater’s prairie-chicken shakes off the rain near Texs City, Texas.

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A male Attwater’s prairie chicken booming (as seen through the fogged lens of a remote camera.)

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A female Attwater’s prairie-chicken amid booming males vying for her attention at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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A male Attwater’s prairie chicken booming at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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A wild male Attwater’s prairie-chicken booming at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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Close-up portrait of a male Attwater’s prairie-chicken.

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An Attwater’s prairie-chicken shakes off the rain near Texs City, Texas.

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Male Attwater’s prarie-chicken on a lek near Texas City, Texas.

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One of few remaining wild male Attwater’s prairie-chickens performs for potential mates at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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A wild male Attwater’s prairie-chicken booming at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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A male Attwater’s prairie chicken at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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An endangered Attwater’s prairie-chicken over one of its last booming grounds in Texas’ coastal prairie.

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One of few remaining wild male Attwater’s prairie-chickens performs for potential mates at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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One of few remaining wild male Attwater’s prairie-chickens performs for potential mates at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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A wild male Attwater’s prairie-chicken booming at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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Two male Attwater’s prairie-chickens fight for dominance and position at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve. Though fights are common, the birds are seldom injured. The strongest males usually end up in the center of the booming ground, displaying and squabbling constantly with other males in case a female flies in to select a mate.

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Male Attwater’s prairie-chickens booming on a lek near Texas City, Texas.

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Male Attwater’s prairie-chickens booming on a lek near Texas City, Texas.

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Male Attwater’s prairie-chickens booming on a lek near Texas City, Texas.

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Male Attwater’s prairie-chickens booming on a lek near Texas City, Texas.

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