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Florida Sandhill Crane
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The Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) is a large, long legged, long necked, gray, heron-like wading bird with a patch of bald red skin on top of its head. The birds breed from Siberia and Alaska east across Canada to Hudson Bay and to western Ontario, with isolated populations in the Rocky Mountains, northern prairies, Great Lakes, and in Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida.
Two subspecies of sandhill crane occur in Florida: The nearly extinct Whooping Crane, the tallest bird in North America, and the Florida sandhill crane.
Native to China, Japan, Korea, Cuba, and North America, Sandhill cranes prefer inland wetland or temperate grassland ecosystems. A crane fossil approximately ten million years old was found in Nebraska and is structurally identical to the modern Sandhill Crane, making it the oldest known bird species still surviving.
May 7th, 2013
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