- Anthropoides paradiseus
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
The Wattled Crane is similar, but has a grey crown and white neck.
- This is a monotypic species.
- Hybrids of the Blue Crane and the Wattled Crane are known from the wild.
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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- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
- Claassens A & Marais E 2008. Species information page - Blue Crane http://www.birdlife.org.za/fieldguide. Downloaded 25 January 2008.
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Oct 2017)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Blue Crane. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 20 June 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Blue_Crane