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Black-crowned Crane

Balearica pavonina

There are 15 species of crane found around the world. This is one of two species of crowned crane found in Africa.



Size: Height: around 1m, Wingspan: 1.8 – 2m
Weight: 3 – 4 kg



The black-crowned crane is found in distinct populations from Senegal, east to Ethiopia. They live in open habitats and prefer freshwater marshes and wet grasslands.



Black-crowned cranes are omnivores, eating a wide variety of foods including insects, small reptiles, fish and vegetable matter.



Black-crowned cranes breed during the wet season. They build large ground nests of reeds and grasses. Chicks take their first flight (fledge) at between 60 and 100 days old.



Numbers of black-crowned cranes have dropped dramatically, with habitat loss being the biggest threat. Hunting is also a problem in certain areas. Our black-crowned cranes arrived in February 2014. They are part of a European Studbook breeding programme.

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