Demoiselle Crane

Demoiselle Crane

Demoiselle Crane
Anthropoides virgo


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Gruiformes
FAMILY
Gruidae

Range

Breeds across central Europe and Asia and winters mainly in north Africa, India, and Pakistan


Habitat

Grasslands near streams and other wetlands


Diet

Grass seed, other plants, insects, lizards, and other small vertebrates

Weight

4 - 7 lbs.

Height

Up to 3 ft.

Wingspan

5 - 6 ft

Incubation

27 - 29 days

Clutch

2 - 3 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Smallest of the crane species.
  • When they migrate they can reach altitudes up to 26,000 feet and cross the Himalayas despite cold temperatures and low oxygen.
  • Demoiselle cranes gather in large flocks to migrate.
  • Females nest in a mass of vegetation on the ground or in shallow water and lay two or three eggs.
  • The birds perform ritualistic displays that include bows, leaps, runs, wing flapping, short flights, jerky bouncing, running, and stick tossing. Cranes of all ages, paired and unpaired, dance.
  • Queen Marie Antoinette of France gave the demoiselle crane its name. Demoiselle means maiden, or young lady, in French. The queen was enchanted by the crane's delicate and maidenly appearance.

 

Conservation

Widely distributed in Eurasia and Africa.

Least Concern

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