Black Crowned Crane

Black Crowned Crane

Black Crowned Crane
Balearica pavonina


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Gruiformes
FAMILY
Gruidae

Range

South and Southeast Africa as far north as equator


Habitat

Prefer wetland portions of grasslands and open savannas, flooded lowlands and wet croplands


Diet

Grasses, seeds, insects, mollusks, millipedes, crustaceans, small fish, amphibians, and reptiles

Weight

6.5 - 9 lbs.

Height

3 ft.

Wingspan

5.5 - 6.5 ft.

Incubation

28 - 35 days

Clutch

2 - 5 eggs

IUCN Status

Vulnerable

Facts

  • They roost in trees, which is unusual for cranes.
  • They are found in pairs, but can form large flocks.
  • Adult cranes reinforce their pair bond by dancing for and with each other. Dances can involve bows, leaps, runs, and short flights.
  • These cranes feed mainly by pecking at the surface and may stamp their feet to scare up invertebrates to eat.

 

Conservation

Threatened due to habitat loss and capture for the pet trade.

Vulnerable

Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm

Closed only Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day

Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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