East African Crowned Crane
Grassland and swamps.
Insects, grass seed and vegetation.
Cranes choose a single mate and at the start of the spring or the rainy season, move to a secluded place where they establish and defend their breeding ground.
Cranes nest on the ground, often in a bare hollow where 2-3 eggs are incubated by both male and female for 28-36 days.
Habitat destruction and degradation for cattle-grazing, coal mining and other agricultural land-use changes. They are also at risk from hunting, egg-collecting and poisoning from pesticides.
The East-African crowned-crane is an Endangered species and is currently protected by law in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Conservation projects are being carried out in these areas.
- Latin Name: Balearica regulorum gibbericeps
- Class: Birds
- Order: Gruiformes
- Family: Gruidae
- Conservation status: Endangered
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