African Crowned Crane

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Scientific Name
Balearica pavonina


20-40 years

39-41 inches

Average Weight
8 lbs

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We Are:Threatened
Crowned cranes are threatened due to habitat loss from wetland drainage and pollution.

Did you know?

  • African crowned cranes have long slender limbs and necks. This crane also has a distinctive crown of gold feathers. They may stand up to 3 ft tall and may have a wingspan of 6 ft. They live in grasslands and marshy areas. Their height allows them to see over the tall grasses.
  • These cranes form monogamous pairs remaining together for their entire life. Outside of the breeding season, pairs will often come together to form flocks. Adult cranes reinforce their paired bonds by dancing for and with each other.
  • Crowned cranes are opportunistic omnivores and will eat grasses, lizards, insects, and small mammals. They are often seen stamping on the ground to stir up insects.
  • They spend their time on the ground during the day. At night, however, they roost in the trees to avoid predators.

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