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East African Crowned Crane

Zoo Location: Savannah
East African Crowned Crane
Habitat

Grassland and swamps.

Wild Diet

Insects, grass seed and vegetation.

Behaviour

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.

Breeding

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.

Threats

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.

Conservation

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.

 

East African Crowned Crane

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Balearica regulorum gibbericeps
  • Class: Birds
  • Order: Gruiformes
  • Family: Gruidae
  • Conservation status: Endangered
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