African Crowned Crane

African Crowned Crane

The African crowned crane is a striking and colorful bird with golden feathers on top of its head that resemble a Roman helmet.  The most distinct characteristic about the crane is its windpipe, which may be 5 feet long, half of which is coiled within its breastbone. The windpipe allows the crane to make loud “trombone-like” calls, which may carry for more than a mile.

Spectacular breeding dances are performed during breeding season.


FAST FACTS
SCIENTIFIC NAME BALEARICA REGULORUM
WHERE IN THE WILD? FOUND ON THE SAVANNAS OF WEST, CENTRAL AND SOUTH AFRICA
WHAT'S ON THE MENU?   
SEEDS, ROOTS, INSECTS, FROGS, WORMS, GRUBS
LIFE EXPECTANCY
22 YEARS