There are 15 species of crane found around the world, 6 of which are found in Africa. The demoiselle is the smallest species.
Size: Height: 1.5 - 1.8m
The demoiselle crane is a migratory species, travelling vast distances without the need to rest or feed. They inhabit open grasslands and wetlands.
They are omnivores, eating vegetable matter, seeds, insects and small vertebrates such as frogs, mice and small birds.
Demoiselle cranes nest in a scrape on dry ground. A clutch of 2 eggs are incubated by both parents for around 28 days. The care of the young is also shared.
The demoiselle crane is not believed to be endangered in the wild, although in some areas they are persecuted as crop pests or hunted for sport.