African Crowned Crane

Balearica regulorum

Class: Aves Order: Gruiformes Family: Gruidae


Height: 3-4 ft   Weight: 6-8 lbs


Plants, insects


Lifespan (Wild): 22 years
Lifespan (Captivity): 25+ years

Habitat & Range

Grasslands and wetlands of Sub-Saharan Africa

Interesting Facts

  • African crowned cranes form monogamous pairs remaining together for their entire life. Adult cranes reinforce their paired bonds by dancing for and with each other. Outside of the breeding season, pairs will often come together to form flocks.
  •  Crowned cranes are opportunistic omnivores and will eat grasses, lizards, insects, and small mammals. They are often seen stomping on the ground to stir up insects.
  • African crowned cranes are well known for their elaborate displays. Their extravagant dances often include bowing, leaping, and spreading their wings.

Conservation Status



The biggest threat to this species is loss of habitat from wetland drainage and pollution.