Demoiselle Crane (Slimbridge April 2013)
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.
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850mm to 1000mm (34" to 39")
Appearance - Male
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 - Female
Similar to the male.
Desert, Grassland, Streams and Lakes.
Grasses, Leaves, Berries, Cereal, Worms, Snails and small Mammals.
March to April.
The nest is built in patchy tall vegetation for concealment.
Colour: Yellow Green with Light Purple Spots.