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176 cm (70 in); male is larger than the female
Sexes are similar
Asia and Australasia
Also placed in the genus Grus.
There are 3 subspecies:
Freshwater marshes and plains, canals and village ponds.
Male and female engage in repeated, elaborate courtship dance.
Their diet includes wetland plants, seeds, rice grains ground nuts, also aquatic animals and crustaceans.
They nest on the ground; the clutch consists of 2-3 eggs which is incubated by both adults. They tend to mate for life.
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Recording by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, July-2016
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