Cranes

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.

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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Stanley Crane

Anthropoides paradiseus

Also known as the Blue or Paradise Crane. Like all cranes they are long lived birds and are not sexually mature until they are about 5 years old. Behaviour: All cranes have ritualistic mating displays which develop depending on the species, but this will usually entail some form of dancing, jumping,...

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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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Demoiselle Crane

Anthropoides virgo

Like all cranes they migrate and congregate in large groups during the winter. When breeding they frequent low-lying marshes and along rivers, however in winter they favour wheat and paddy fields; also stubble fields and sandy river beds. Nesting: They usually construct a simple nest in the ground, near water, where...

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