Scientific classification - Balearica pavonina
Species native to southern Sahara, where it populates swampy areas. Much appreciated as an ornamental garden species, both for its beautiful appearance and for the male parades during the mating season.
It has no sexual dimorphism.
Gray coat with yellowish-white spots on the wings and brown tail. On the black head there is a characteristic golden tuft. The legs are dark gray like the beak. Two white spots on the cheeks and bright red caruncles on the head and chin strap are evident.
Size about 100 cm.
Feeding and reproduction
It feeds on everything it finds in the swamps. Gregarious species, it is isolated only in the reproductive period. It lays two or three eggs which are hatched for about a month by both sexes.
Crowned crane - Balearica pavonina
Crowned crane - Balearica pavonina (photo Kai-Uwe Heinrich www.meinberlin.de)