Black Crowned Crane
South and Southeast Africa as far north as equator
Prefer wetland portions of grasslands and open savannas, flooded lowlands and wet croplands
Grasses, seeds, insects, mollusks, millipedes, crustaceans, small fish, amphibians, and reptiles
6.5 - 9 lbs.
5.5 - 6.5 ft.
28 - 35 days
2 - 5 eggs
- 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.
Threatened due to habitat loss and capture for the pet trade.
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301