- Balearica regulorum
The Black Crowned Crane is much darker and found further north; distribution does not overlap.
Western Africa: found only in Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola
Eastern Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal
They have also been introduced to North America
There are 2 subspecies:
- B. r. gibbericeps:
- B. r. regulorum:
Breed in wetlands with tall vegetation. Forages in grasslands, cultivated lands and pastures.
Forms flocks (usually less than 20 birds, exceptionally up to 300) when not breeding.
Eats leaves and seeds of grasses, invertebrates and small vertebrates.
Call: a low-pitched honk.
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