Greater Prairie-Chicken Tympanuchus cupido (Linnaeus, 1758)Extirpated  -  Coastal Plain only    Synonyms: GRPC, Heath Hen.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Aves   >   Order Galliformes   >   Family Phasianidae   >   Genus Tympanuchus   

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Specimens at the American Museum of Natural History. The Heath Hen, a subspecies of Greater Prairie-Chicken, was known from Maryland, but was extirpated in the mid-1800s. Per Stewart and Robbins (1958): "Formerly occurred, at least locally, on the Maryland Coastal Plain (Crevier, 1830, and Cabot, 1855). C. S. Wescott, of Philadelphia, reported it as occurring—"according to tradition—in Maryland and Delaware, on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and on the Peninsula of Maryland and Virginia" (Grinnell, 1910). A specimen, formerly in the U. S. National Museum, was collected near Washington, D. C, on April 10, 1846 (Swales, 1919) . This species was also recorded near Marshall Hall, Prince Georges County, during the spring of 1860 (Bent, 1932)." Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

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