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175 cm (69 in)
Sexes identical (males inclined to be slightly larger)
Patchily distributed north-eastern and southern Africa
Seems to be rather scarce in most of the area.
 Grus vs. Bugeranus
Sibley & Monroe (1996) place the Wattled Crane (carunculatus) in the genus Grus. However, Howard & Moore (2003) and Clements (2007) separate it in the monotypic genus Bugeranus, and the Opus follows in this consensus.
Shallow wetlands, freshwater marshes and adjoining grassland.
The diet includes tubers, bulbs and corms of aquatic vegetation; insects, seeds, leaves, acorns and grain.
They breed according to the rains and may build more than one nest - up to four. They will use one nest one year and another the next. The clutch has only 1 egg.
Description including photos of courtship is found in a Birdforum thread.
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