Florida Sandhill Crane
3.5 to 4 feet tall
Along Gulf Coast of U.S. from California to Florida
Moors and marshes, wetlands
Wild - Plant material in native areas, small animals such as worms, snails, insects, and sometimes frogs, mice and lizards.
Zoo - Grains, crane diet, meat
Brownish gray body and legs with red topped head; long, sharp beak
- Somewhat aggressive birds, very protective of mate, nest and young
- Sandhills moult once a year
- Loud call when startled or when communicating
- The renowned dances once believed to be mating rituals are actually expressions of joy.
Usually lay 2 eggs in nests built of straw, sticks, or whatever is available. When young hatch, they are covered in golden brown downy feathers.