East African Crowned Crane
Balearica regulorum gibberceps
There are 15 species of crane found around the world. This is one of two species of crowned crane found in Africa.
Height: 100 – 110cm
Wingspan: 180 – 200cm
The East African, or grey-necked crowned crane, is found in open marshlands, wet plains and savannahs.
Crowned cranes eat a wide variety of foods including insects, small reptiles and amphibians. They will also eat vegetable matter including berries, seeds, fruits and tender roots.
Cranes are ground nesters and normally build bulky nests of vegetation. They lay 2 eggs, which are a pale blue colour with no markings.
This species is threatened in the wild by loss of wetlands and breeding areas, live trapping and egg collection.