Crowned crane

Crowned crane

Scientific classification - Balearica pavonina

Kingdom: Animals
Phylum: Cordati
Subphylum: Vertebrates
Class: Birds
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Gruidi

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.

Morphological characteristics

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

Video: Animal Adventures with Jordan: East African Crowned Crane (January 2022).