5 Interesting Facts About Grey Crown Cranes

Grey Crowned Crane

This is a grey crowned crane looking for food.

Today I want to write about one of the most colourful birds in the world, the grey crowned crane.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These brightly coloured cranes grow to about 1 metre tall.
  2. They spend the day walking around grasslands looking for food such as insects, frogs, worms and small snakes.  They flush out their prey by stomping their feet or spend time near antelopes and gazelles who also disturb insects as they graze.  They also eat grains and seeds.
  3. At breeding time grey crowned cranes perform beautiful dances where they bow, jump and make loud honking calls to each other.
  4. They are an iconic African species and feature on the Ugandan flag and coat of arms.
  5. Grey crowned cranes live throughout southern Africa and are considered endangered due to loss of habitat, the use of pesticides to control insects and people stealing their eggs and chicks.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about grey crowned cranes?

One thought on “5 Interesting Facts About Grey Crown Cranes

  1. Dear Poke,

    Cool facts there! You’ve got a nice picture of the crane in the wild. May I use it in a research proposal to study the species at Lake Ol’ Bolossat in Kenya? I am a researcher and educator at the National Museums of Kenya. Thanks in advance.

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