Appearance: - The Sarus Crane is the tallest of the Crane species with a grey plumage, naked red face and upper-neck, greyish crown, grey ear covert patch, orange-red eyes, long greenish-grey beak, whitish mid-neck, black primary wing feathers, grey secondary feathers and white tertials, and long reddish-pink legs. Both sexes are alike.
Size: - Typical Adult is up to 200cm (79in) tall.
Food: - Aquatic plants, seeds, roots, shoots, grains, rice, crustaceans, invertebrates, amphibians, and insects.
Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, grasslands, marshes, pools, and wet meadows in the Indian Sub-continent, south-east Asia, and northern Australia.
Breeding Season: - July to October in India.
Eggs: - 1 to 2 (chalky-white colour).
Notes: - The Sarus Crane is the tallest of all the flying birds. Like other Crane species they perform elaborate courtship displays by leaping and dancing. This species of Crane is largely non-migratory. Its numbers have greatly declined in the last century and is now classified as 'Vulnerable'.
Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
Classification: - Family: Gruidae,
A-B C-F G-L M-R S-Z
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