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Cranes are big and tall, water wading birds of the Gruidae family. They resemble Herons, but are larger and have other small distinctions such as its heavy bill, compact plumage, and elevated hind toe. Like you'd imagine a stork flying, a Crane in flight keeps its head stretched out in front and its legs trail behind. Cranes are an ancient bird with a rich history, often being found in the form of fossils. Its population is alive and well today, being found in nearly every continent except South America, but many of its populations are in danger due to hunting popularity, habitat destruction, and development. Some Cranes migrate to warmer climates in the winter, while those who live in warmer climates don't migrate at all.
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- Brolga Crane (Grus rubicunda)
- Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides virgo)
- East African Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)
- Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)
- Sarus Crane (Grus antigone)
- Blue Crane (Anthropoides paradisea)
- Wattled Crane (Bugeranus carunculatus)
- White-naped Crane (Grus vipio)
Cranes In Nature
Living in marshes and wetter lands, Cranes typically stalk small animal prey of all sorts and eat grains and grasses as well, but they are opportunistic feeders and will change their diet depending on the season, their nutrient requirements, and the region in which they live. Knowing this information, a Crane might also eat fish, amphibians, insects, berries, and plants. This trait of adaptability is often the reason a bird species have survived so long.
Crane behavior changes based on the season. During breeding season, they are territorial like most birds and usually remain on their nesting grounds all the time. During seasons not dedicated to bringing young into the world, Cranes form large flocks, roost together, socialize, and feed together. During this season, strength in numbers keeps the birds safe and also offers single birds the opportunity to find a mate.
Science has shown us that Cranes have a very large vocabulary of which they are able to communicate with. Their communication begins just after birth when they use low, purring sounds to keep in contact with nearby parents. They also have a call for food begging. Then they will learn to use alarm calls and calls that announce a flight. Both are maintained and useful in their adult Crane lives. Cranes also call in “duets” and have calls that make distinctions between one bird and the next!
Most Crane species have elaborate and loud courting displays or “dances” to win over a potential mate. Once bonded, two Cranes will be together for the length of their lives, especially if they were successful at breeding together. In a study of Sandhill Cranes specifically, 7 of 22 pairs stayed together for an 11-year period. Of the ones who did not separate, 53% separated due to death, 18% due to “Crane Divorce”, and 29% of the pair's fates were recorded as unknown.
Cranes lay two grayish, brown spotted eggs in a nest of grasses on dry ground and they oftentimes use the same nest year after year. Upon hatching, young Crane can run! The two Cranes and their young will stay together until the next mating season before their two become independent.
Bird Species and Endangerment Status'
Some prominent types of Cranes are the Common Crane of Europe and Northern Asia, the Australian Crane, the Demoiselle Crane, the Crowned Crane, and the Wattled Crane. Cranes all over the world face the danger of lowering populations due to hunting and the loss of important wetlands. The Sandhill Crane is typical to the United States, but once bred in Canada. It has become increasingly rare in recent years and it's patterns like these that can tell us what is going on with the various species of Crane and make efforts to protect their kind. Many Sandhills are now classified as rare or endangered in their regions.