Black-Crowned Crane (Slimbridge May 2015)
The Black-Crowned Crane is a crane and a member of the Gruidae family and is closely related to the Grey-Crowned Crane.
The Black-Crowned Crane is threatened by drought, loss of habitat due to drainage, over grazing and use of pesticides. It is currently classed as Endangered.
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1000mm (39") tall.
Appearance - Male
The male has a Black head, a Grey bill, Red cheeks with White behind the eye, a crest of Golden feathers, and a Red inflatable pouch hanging from the throat. The plumage is mainly Dark Grey to Black with Chestnut secondary feathers and White wing coverts. The legs and feet are Dark Grey to Black.
Appearance - Female
Similar to the male except slightly smaller.
Savannah South of the Sahara, Wetlands, Marshes, Grassy Flatlands, Lakes and Rivers.
Plants, Seeds, Grain, Insects, Frogs, Worms, Snakes, Small Fish and Eggs.
July to October.
The nest is usually built on a platform of grass and plants in wetland vegetation but they are also known to nest in trees.
Quantity: 2 to 3
Colour: Pale Blue.