Project Description

(Balearica regulorum)

The East African Crowned Crane is native to the Congo, through Uganda to Kenya and Eastern South Africa. They prefer rivers and lakes with nearby grasslands and cultivated land.

Their name comes from the bristle-like, golden feathers on top of their black head.

They are the only crane species capable of roosting in trees because of a large prehensile toe that allows them to grip.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda

Weight: 6.5 - 9 lbs

Size: 3.3 feet tall

Lifespan: 20 years in the wild

Diet: These cranes have a very general, omnivorous diet. They are known to eat insects, seeds, and small animals such as lizards.

Conservation Status: Endangered

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