crowned crane

Cranes are flighted birds and their long legs are used for wading in water and marshes as they will hunt for frogs and fish. Their beaks are also long to enhance their ability to catch prey and can also be used as a formidable weapon in defence.

At Birdland, you can see the Demoiselle, White-naped and the Stanley Crane. These birds do not start to breed until they are at least 5 years old. The Demoiselle have laid their first eggs, but we will have to wait 4 years for the Stanley Crane.

Crane 150x150 - East African Crowned Crane

East African Crowned Crane

Although the species remains common over much of its range, it faces widespread and increasing threats to its habitat due to drainage, livestock overgrazing, and heavy pesticide applications. Other threats include hunting and live-trapping. Nesting usually occurs in wetlands where the vegetation is of a significant height to conceal the...

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White Naped Crane 17 1 150x150 - White-Naped Crane

White-Naped Crane

Grus vipio

Like all cranes they migrate and congregate in large groups during the winter. Nesting: They build their nest on the ground about 1m in diameter and about 1/3m in height. Normally two eggs are laid and both parents will take turns to incubate and turn the eggs. The eggs hatch...

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