Grey Crowned Crane
Appearance: - The Grey Crowned Crane has a mainly grey body, with white wings which also contain brown-gold feathers, a large distinctive crown of stiff golden feathers, black head, large white cheeks with small red patches, and red inflatable throat poach. The beak is grey and legs are black. Both sexes are alike but male is usually slightly larger.
Size: - Typical Adult is 100cm (39in).
Food: - Grass seeds, insects, and invertebrates.
Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, grasslands, marshes, rivers and savannah in eastern and southern Africa.
Breeding Season: - Peaks between December and February.
Eggs: - 2-3 large smooth eggs.
Notes: - The Grey Crowned Crane along with its close relative, the Black Crowned Crane, are the only Cranes to roost and nest in trees because of their long hind toe allowing them to grasp branches. In the breeding season it dances by bowing and leaping into the air, making a booming noise, and inflating its red inflatable throat poach (gular sac). The Grey Crowned Crane is the national bird of Uganda, featuring on the flag and coat of arms.
Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
Classification: - Family: Gruidae,
A-B C-F G-L M-R S-Z
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