Gray Crowned Crane - Birds

Gray Crowned Crane - map of occurrence

Gray Crowned Crane

Balearica regulorum

conservation status Least Concern

Weight: 3.5kg (8lb)
Wingspan: m (ft in -ft in)
Height: 1m (3.3ft)
Wild population:
Lifespan: 22 years
Gestation: incubation 30 days, 2-5 chicks
Identification the head has a crown of stiff golden feathers, the sides of the face are white, and there is a bright red inflatable throat pouch
Range: east and south Africa
Habitat: dry savannah

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The nest is a platform of grass and other plants in tall wetland vegetation. The Grey Crowned Crane lays a clutch of 2-5 eggs. Incubation is performed by both sexes and lasts 28-31 days. Chicks fledge at 56-100 days.
Its body plumage is mainly grey. The wings are also predominantly white, but contain feathers with a range of colours. The bill is relatively short and grey, and the legs are black. The sexes are similar, although males tend to be slightly larger. Young birds are greyer than adults, with a feathered buff face. Like all cranes, it feeds on insects, reptiles and small mammals.
Although the Grey Crowned Crane remains common over much of its range, it faces threats to its habitat due to drainage, overgrazing, and pesticide pollution.

Gray Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum) -
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camera:Minolta DYNAX 7D
lens:Sigma 50-500 mm F4.0-6.3 APO EX DG
focal length:500 mm
exposure time:1/800 s
stativ:Manfrotto Nature 190 + MA 322RC 2
location:Sweetwaters, Kenya