Gray Crowned Crane

Scientific name:  Balearica regulorum
Class:  Birds
Continent:  Africa
Habitat:  Sabana
Diet:  Insectívoro
Weight:  3,5 kg
Size:  1 m

Meet the Gray Crowned Crane!

The fine feathered plume that embellishes its head makes the Gray Crowned Crane a bird as recognizable as it is peculiar.

It lives in a large part of the African continent, specifically in the humid areas of the savannah (especially swamps and rivers).

More confident than the rest of its kindred, it tends to remain motionless on one leg, observing its surroundings, due to its lazy character. The large white wing spots on its gray plumage are visible during flight and display. It flies heavily, with its neck and legs somewhat drooping, and rests in trees.

It feeds on large insects, frogs and toads, cereals and other vegetables

What are its habits?

The crane is a sedentary and very sociable bird that lives in flocks of six to 20 individuals.

It feeds on all kinds of aquatic and terrestrial small animals.

When it is time to breed, the gray crowned crane builds nests and entwines broken stems in a mound of reeds or herbaceous plants. Incubation lasts approximately one month (two to three eggs may be laid).

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


The exhibition of the couples is marked by a jumping dance, as well as by a strong call to two notes. It is in danger of extinction.

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