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  Grey Crowned Crane

    (Crested Crane, Crowned Crane)

 

Balearica regulorum

(209) 105 cm; 3.55 kg

SEXES  Alike, M>F. Plumage distinctive. In flight, only crane in region to have white upper-and underwing coverts. White cheek patch featherless, gular wattles red.

JUV  Browner than ad, especially on upperparts. Crest less developed, bare white face patch with cream feathering and white wing patch less distinct. Wattles black or grey.

STATUS  Uncommon to locally common resident. Listed as Vulnerable in South Africa due mainly to loss of br range and reduction of suitable habitat. Global population estimated to be about 10,000 birds, the s African population about 6,000-7,000 birds. Regular movements recorded between br and non-br season. Found in pairs during br, and in flocks of up to about 300 birds during non-br, season.

HABITAT  Breeds in marshes, pans and dam margins with tall emergent vegetation. Feeds in adjacent short to medium height open grassland, wetlands and in agricultural lands (in flocks) in non-br season. Non-br birds roost communally in trees, structures and in shallow water at night. Br birds roost on ground near nest in wetlands.

FOOD  Omnivorous. Strips seeds off grasses and eats leaves. Vertebrates include frogs, lizards, small rodents and shrews. Feeds on wide range of invertebrates such as locusts, grasshoppers, cutworms, army worms, millipedes and crabs.

CALL  Duet by mated pair is series of low-pitched rhythmic booming, M lower pitched than F. Flight call bisyllabic mournful ma-hem.

BR  Monogamous. Most nests built of aquatic vegetation and placed over shallow water in area of tallest surrounding vegetation. Also nests on dry ground and occasionally in trees on old stick nests. Usual clutch size 3 eggs; incubation period 29-31 days, by both sexes; fledgling period 56-100 days.

ALT NAME  Crowned Crane.

 

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Cgc001

Savuti

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Cgc002

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/5L

 

 

Cgc003

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/5L

 

 

Cgc004

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/5L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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