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The Boomers are proud to honor the Great Prairie Chicken, a native bird of Illinois.
The word "boomer" is a nickname for the male Greater Prairie Chicken and refers to the loud "booming" sound the bird makes during mating season. The inflatable orange patches on each side of the male prairie chicken’s neck produce the noise. The males also have a yellow-orange comb over their eyes and special neck feathers that rise up when the bird is performing its courtship display on the "lek" or "booming grounds." Female prairie chickens are plain looking and lack the colorful markings of the males.
The elaborate courtship ritual of the Greater Prairie Chicken is well known in the world of nature. The male "boomers" face off with each other and spar on the lek, doing their best to capture the attention of the by standing females. It is a scene that plays out every spring morning in suitable prairie habitat in several Midwest and Great Plains states.
As seen in the Schaumburg Boomers logo, the Greater Prairie Chicken is a very distinctive bird. It's colorful markings, spirited courtship display and unique "booming" call places this species in a league of its own!