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Common Crane

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Photo by Stephen FletcherExtremadura, Spain, January 2010
Photo by Stephen Fletcher
Extremadura, Spain, January 2010
Grus grus


[edit] Identification

95–120 cm (37-47 in)

  • Grey
  • White facial streak
  • Black wing plumes
  • Red crown patch

Juvenile: lacks the red crown patch

[edit] Distribution

Breeds northern Eurasia; winters to north Africa, south India and southeast Asia.

[edit] Taxonomy

JuvenilePhoto by scottishdudeLaguna De Gallocanta, Spain, November 2010
Photo by scottishdude
Laguna De Gallocanta, Spain, November 2010

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

A variety of shallow wetlands, including borders of flood forests.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes leaves, roots, berries, insects, small birds and mammals.

[edit] Breeding

The nest is a mound of vegetative material.

They perform a spectacular dance.

[edit] Vocalisation

Call: krro and karr

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Recording by Alok Tewari
Porbandar, Coastal Gujarat, India, Dec.-2010
Calls given in flight by a group of ten individuals before alighting in a nearby field.
Photo by john-henrySouthern Spain, November 2008
Photo by john-henry
Southern Spain, November 2008

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2016)
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728

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