RED-CROWNED CRANE
(Grus Japonensis)
Red Breasted Goose    Red Crested Pochard


Otter Pool - Slimbridge
The Red-Crowned Crane is found by the Otter Pool, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
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Breeding Habitat
Eastern Russia and North-Eastern China.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Korea and East-Central China.

Conservation Status
EN - Endangered

Size
1500mm to 1580mm (4'10" to 5'2")

Appearance - Drake
The male Red-Crowned Crane is white in colour with Black secondaries and white tail feathers. The cheeks, throat and neck are Black, the crown is red and the bill is olive green. The legs and feet are Grey/Black.

Appearance - Duck
The female is similar to the male except the cheeks, throat and neck are grey.

Habitat
Paddy fields, grassy tidal flats, and mudflats.

Migration
The Red Crowned Crane is basically non-migratory moving only 150km to its wintering grounds.

Diet
Aquatic invertebrates, insects, amphibians, fish, crops including rice, and aquatic plants.

Breeding Time
April to early May.

Nest
The Cranes nest in wetlands and rivers.

Eggs
Quantity: 2.
Colour: Light buff/Brown speckles.

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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RED-CROWNED CRANE
Red Breasted Goose    Red Crested Pochard
Red-Crowned Crane
©Nigel Key Red-Crowned Crane (Slimbridge April 2013)

The Red-Crowned Crane is also known as the Japanese Crane or Manchurian Crane. It is one of the rarest cranes in the world and is known by some as a symbol of good luck, longevity and fidelity.

The Red-Crowned Crane, on average, is the heaviest of the cranes with their body weight typically ranging from 7 to 10kg (15 to 23lb).

The biggest threat to the cranes is the loss of their habitat with a lack of suitable wetlands for nesting, however, international efforts keep the species from extinction. There are also several hundred Red-Crowned Cranes kept in zoos around the world.
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Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
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Related Links: -
W.W.T. Official Website - www.wwt.org.uk/
Black-Crowned Crane - www.slim-bridge.co.uk/
Demoiselle Crane - www.slim-bridge.co.uk/
Eurasian Crane - www.slim-bridge.co.uk/
Grey-Crowned Crane - www.slim-bridge.co.uk/