CRANE IDENTIFICATION
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   There are five different species of Crane found at WWT Slimbridge: -
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Black Crowned Crane (Slimbridge 16/03/14) Demoiselle Crane (Slimbridge 06/04/13) Eurasian Crane (Slimbridge 22/08/10)
Black Crowned Crane
Demoiselle Crane
Eurasian Crane
Grey Crowned Crane (Slimbridge 06/04/13) Red Crowned Crane (Slimbridge //)
Grey Crowned Crane
Red Crowned Crane
   To aid identification we shall compare various significant parts of the Crane: -
   The Crown, Bill and Eyes
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Black Crowned Crane Demoiselle Crane Eurasian Crane Grey Crowned Crane Red Crowned Crane
Black Crowned
Crane
Demoiselle Crane
Eurasian Crane
Grey Crowned
Crane
Red Crowned
Crane
   The Legs
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Black Crowned Crane Legs Demoiselle Crane Legs Eurasian Crane Legs Grey Crowned Crane Legs Red Crowned Crane Legs
Black Crowned
Crane
Demoiselle Crane
Eurasian Crane
Grey Crowned
Crane
Red Crowned
Crane
   The Plumage
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Black Crowned Crane Plumage Demoiselle Crane Plumage Eurasian Crane Plumage Grey Crowned Crane Plumage Red Crowned Crane Plumage
Black Crowned
Crane
Demoiselle Crane
Eurasian Crane
Grey Crowned
Crane
Red Crowned
Crane
   Identification Overview
   Black Crowned Crane.
   A Black head, 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.
   Demoiselle Crane.
   The head has a light Grey stripe from the bill to the nape and a White feather plume from the eye down
   the neck. Light Grey plumage with a Dark Grey head and neck, the breast is Black, the eyes are Orange
   Red and the Legs and feet are Dark Grey.
   Eurasian Crane.
   A Black forehead, featherless Red crown, and a White streak from behind the eye to the upper back.
   The plumage is Slate Grey, the wing plumes are Black and the legs and feet are dark Grey.
   Grey Crowned Crane.
   A Black head, a Grey bill, White cheeks with Red, a Red patch at the back of the head, a crest of Golden
   feathers, and a Red gular pouch hanging from the throat. The plumage is mainly Grey with White and
   Gold wings. The legs and feet are Dark Grey.
   Red Crowned Crane.
   The cheeks, throat and neck are Black, the crown is Red and the bill is Olive Green. The plumage is White
   in colour with Black secondaries and White tail feathers. The legs and feet are Grey/Black.
   Now that we have identified the Cranes, where can we find them at WWT Slimbridge?
   They can be found in the following zones: -
   Black Crowned Crane. - Found in the Lesser Flamingo Zone.
   Demoiselle Crane. - Found in the Geese of the World Zone.
   Eurasian Crane. - Found in the Back from the Brink Zone.
   Grey Crowned Crane. - Found in the Lesser Flamingo Zone.
   Red Crowned Crane. - Found in the Otter Pool Zone.
   Did You Know?
     The Black Crowned Crane and the Grey Crowned Crane nest in trees.
     Demoiselle means maiden or young lady in French, with the crane being named by Marie Antoinette.
     During the mating season, the cranes perform dancing displays by opening their wings and leaping in
      large flocks.
     The Grey Crowned Crane is the national bird of Uganda and features on their flag.