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Southern Crowned Crane

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Southern Crowned Crane at the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo

Southern Crowned Crane at the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo

Photo by John Fischer, licensed to About.com

There are several subspecies of the African Crowned crane, and all are similar in appearance and are recognized by the crown of yellowish feathers on the back of their heads. They are colorful birds and are popular with hobbyists. The endangered northern subspecies is black-necked and is considered the most impressive of these cranes. The vulnerable gray-necked group consists of the southern and eastern subspecies.

There are several subspecies of the African Crowned crane, and all are similar in appearance and are recognized by the crown of yellowish feathers on the back of their heads. They are colorful birds and are popular with hobbyists. The endangered northern subspecies is black-necked and is considered the most impressive of these cranes. The vulnerable gray-necked group consists of the southern and eastern subspecies.

Southern Crowned Crane The East African crowned crane ranges through Uganda and Kenya frequenting the grasslands bordering marshes or swamps. Adults are four feet tall weighing 8.5 pounds with wing spans of six to seven feet. Their life span is fifty to sixty years. Males and females are nearly identical but the females may have a smaller crest. They feed on insects and small animals along with some vegetation and grains. They also consume aquatic animals. Their foraging technique consists of moving through grass and stamping their feet to scare up insects or other small animals. They are usually seen in pairs or small groups.

The single female now on display was hatched at the zoo in 1994 or 1996. On July 8, 2005 she hatched a chick then 2 days later killed her mate protecting it. On August 14 the chick was found killed - probably by a mongoose. - Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens

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