The Crane is a large long-necked, straight billed wading bird of marshes and plains in many parts ofthe world.
Cranes mate for life.
There are15 species of cranes.
Cranes are often confused with storks and Herons.
The tallest ofthe species isthe isthe Sarus crane.
Eurasian cranes fly at altitudes up to 32,800 feet (10,000 meters).
The East Asian Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis) is one ofthe rarest cranes in the world.
The Blue Crane is South Africa's National Bird.
At Birds of Eden we have Crested Cranes and Blue Cranes.
Red-crowned Crane stats andfacts
Weight: 7.7–10- kg (17-22 lb)
Habitat: Marshes, riverbanks & rice fields.
Lifespan: 20- 40 years
Diet:the Crane are omnivores eating plants, fish, Rats, insects, Frogs and Toads.
The Crane exhibit noisy and elaborate courting displays called "dances".
The smallest ofthe species isthe isthe Demoiselle Crane which measures 90 cm (35 in) in length.
Some cranes stay inthe own regions whilst others migrate.
Cranes have a large vocabulary of specialised calls including alarm calls.
The collective name for a group is a flock.
The names given to babies are chicks.
The Red-crowned Crane is listed bythe International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as 'endangered'
Endangered Species- EN (Status: Threatened)- Inthe immediate probability of becoming extinct and require protection to exist.