Common Crane or Eurasian Crane

(Grus Grus)

Appearance: - The Common Crane is a medium sized crane with a red patch on its crown, dark grey-black neck and face with a long white facial-streak, light-grey body, and a bunch of black wing plumes. Both sexes are alike.

Size: - Typical Adult is 100-130cm (40-52in).

Food: - Mostly plant food, Grass roots, leaves, pondweeds, berries, cereal grain, insects, snails, worms, small mammals, fish, small birds, and eggs.

Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, marshes, rice paddies, in north Europe, and north Asia. Winters in south Europe, south Asia, and Africa.

Common Crane Map
Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - Late April to early May.

Eggs: - 2 (brown-olive, spotted with red-brown colour).

Notes: - The Common Crane is a large graceful wading bird which makes a loud trumpeting call. These birds can be seen performing their dancing displays in large flocks which involves opening their wings and leaping up in the air.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

Classification: - Family: Gruidae,
Genus: Grus.

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