Sunshine On My Shoulders
Music of the Heart
Photograph - Photography
The grey-crowned crane lives in the dry savannah in Africa south of the Sahara. They can also be found in marshes, cultivated lands and grassy flatlands near rivers and lakes in eastern Africa, from Uganda and Kenya, south to South Africa. It is the national bird of Uganda. This bird does not migrate. Flocks of 30-150 birds are not uncommon.
During courtship and breeding, the grey-crowned crane displays behavior that includes dancing, bowing, and jumping. It has a booming mating call. It also makes a honking sound. During the breeding season, pairs of cranes construct a large nest; a platform of grass and other plants in tall wetland vegetation. The grey-crowned crane lays a clutch of 2-5 glossy, dirty-white eggs, which are incubated by both sexes for 2831 days. Chicks can run as soon as they hatch.
The grey-crowned crane is about 1 m (3.3 ft) tall and weighs 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs) and has a wingspan of 2 m (6.5 ft). Its body plumage is mainly grey. The wings are also predominantly white, but contain feathers with a range of colors. The head has a crown of stiff golden feathers. The sides of the face are white, and there is a bright red inflatable throat pouch. They have long legs for wading through the grasses. The feet are large, yet slender, for balance.
Grey-crowned cranes eat plants, seeds, grain, insects, frogs, worms, snakes, small fish and the eggs of aquatic animals. The birds following grazing herbivores, like antelopes and gazelles, finding edible prey items disturbed and turned from the soil. They spend their entire day looking for food. At night, the crowned crane sleeps in trees.
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March 6th, 2014
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