Whooping Crane

(Grus Americana)

Appearance: - The Whooping Crane has a white plumage with a long neck, red crown, black forehead and facial patch, black moustache on sides of the long pointed black beak, yellow eyes, black primary flight feathers which can be seen in flight, and long dark legs. Both sexes are alike.

Size: - Typical Adult is about 132cm (52in) tall.

Food: - Aquatic plants, sedges, seeds, roots, shoots, berries, grain, crustaceans, small rodents, amphibians, and insects.

Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, swamps, grasslands, salt flats, and marshes in Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta, Canada. It Winters along the Gulf Coast of Texas. A non-migratory flock has also been introduced to Florida.

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

Breeding Season: - Late April to mid-May.

Eggs: - 1 to 2 (olive-brown with purplish-brown spots).

Notes: - The Whooping Crane is the largest species of Crane in North America. The female may lay two eggs but will only rear one chick. This bird is listed as 'Endangered' because it has an extremely small population. Due to conservation efforts it is slowly increasing its numbers and may soon be downlisted to 'Vulnerable'.

This species is listed as Endangered because it has an extremely small population.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Endangered.  

Classification: - Family: Gruidae,
Genus: Grus.

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Whooping Crane (Grus Americana) - Picture: lisalenscap & Animal Photos!