Black Crowned Crane

Zoo Location: Forest
 Black Crowned Crane

This crane makes his home in shallow wetlands and mixed grasslands in sub-Saharan Africa.

Wild Diet

They are omnivores and will eat a mix of seeds, fruit, small amphibians and lizards.


Black crowned cranes usually feed in the mornings and afternoons. They spend much time preening their beautiful plumage. These cranes look for food either on their own, in pairs or with a small group.


The breeding season is from July to October and the birds will perform courtship displays involving calls, bowing and preening. Two to three eggs are incubated for 28 to 31 days.


The decreasing population trend of black crowned cranes means they are classified as Vulnerable. Their biggest threat is loss of habitat, due to drainage of the wetlands and conversion for agriculture.

 Black Crowned Crane


  • Latin Name: Balearica pavonina
  • Class: Birds
  • Order: Gruiformes
  • Family: Gruidae
  • Conservation status: Vulnerable
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