DEMOISELLE CRANE
(Anthropoides Virgo)
Crested Screamer                  Eider


Geese of the World Zone - Slimbridge
The Demoiselle Crane found in the Geese of the World Zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
Asia
Breeding Habitat - Asia
Central and Eastern Asia.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Winter in India and North East Africa.

Conservation Status


Size
850mm to 1000mm (34" to 39")

Appearance - Drake
The male has Light Grey plumage with a Dark Grey head and neck. The head has a light Grey stripe from the bill to the nape and a White feather plume from the eye down the neck. The breast is Black, the eyes are Orange Red and the Legs and feet are Dark Grey.

Appearance - Duck
Similar to the male.

Habitat
Desert, Grassland, Streams and Lakes.

Diet
Grasses, Leaves, Berries, Cereal, Worms, Snails and small Mammals.

Breeding Time
March to April.

Nest
The nest is built in patchy tall vegetation for concealment.

Eggs
Quantity: 2
Colour: Yellow Green with Light Purple Spots.

Slimbridge Wildfowl C - F
Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis)
Canvasback (Aythya Valisineria)
Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis Novaehollandiae)
Cape Teal (Anas Capensis)
Chestnut Teal (Anas Castanea)
Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Chilensis)
Chiloe Wigeon (Anas Sibilatrix)
Chinese Spot-Billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha)
Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis Melanotos)
Common Merganser (Mergus Merganser)
Coot (Fulica Atra)
Coscoroba Swan (Coscoroba Coscoroba)
Crested Screamer (Chauna Torquata)
Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides Virgo)
Eider (Somateria Mollissima)
Emperor Goose (Anser or Chen Canagicus)
Eurasian Crane (Grus Grus)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas Penelope)
Falcated Duck (Anas Falcata)
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya Nyroca)
Freckled Duck (Stictonetta Naevosa)
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DEMOISELLE CRANE
Crested Screamer                  Eider
Demoiselle Crane
©Nigel Key Demoiselle Crane (Slimbridge August 2011)

The Demoiselle Crane is found in central Eurasia and is the smallest of the Cranes. It is similar in appearance to the Common Crane but is slightly smaller.

In India and Pakistan the Demoiselle Crane is refered to as the ‘Koonj’, with beautiful women often being compared to them because its long thin shape is considered graceful.
   Hear the Demoiselle Crane's Call:-

Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Demoiselle Crane (Slimbridge April 2013) Demoiselle Crane (Slimbridge April 2013) Demoiselle Crane (Slimbridge April 2013)
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Demoiselle Crane (Slimbridge June 2009) Demoiselle Crane (Slimbridge August 2011) Demoiselle Crane (Slimbridge August 2011)
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