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Blue Crane - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Max Holdt
Etosha National Park, Namibia, May 2005
Anthropoides paradiseus

Grus paradisea


Photo © by firecrest15
Wakkerstroom, Eastern Cape, South Africa, May 2014

110–120 cm (43¼-47¼ in) mass 4.2-5.8 kg, males larger than females
Plumage is blue-grey except for white crown and lores

Similar Species

The Wattled Crane is similar, but has a grey crown and white neck.


Southern Africa: Widespread in South Africa. There is an isolated breeding population in the Etosha National Park, Namibia. Marginal or vagrant in Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana and Zimbabwe.



Grassland, short scrubland, wetlands, cultivated pastures and crop lands.



Food includes invertebrates such as grasshoppers and worms, frogs, reptiles, fish, leaves and seeds of sedges and grasses; roots and tubers..


The nest is a thinly lined scrape on dry ground or pad of vegetative material on marshy ground. One or two eggs are laid October to February.


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  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Oct 2017)

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