Red Crowned Crane

Zoo Location: Wetland
 Red Crowned Crane

Marshland, bogs, wet meadow, farmland.

Wild Diet

Insects, aquatic invertebrates, fish, amphibians, small rodents, reeds, grasses, berries, corn and other plants.


Red-crowned cranes form flocks in winter but otherwise live in pairs. Once mated the pair will stay together for life. The crane has one of the most beautiful dances in the bird world; these dances help to strengthen the bond between the mated pair.


The female lays 2 eggs which are incubated for between 29-34 days. Nest building and incubation of eggs is shared by both the male and female.


Habitat destruction and hunting.


Paignton Zoo is involved in a European wide conservation breeding programme (EEP).

 Red Crowned Crane  Red Crowned Crane


  • Latin Name: Grus japonensis
  • Class: Birds
  • Order: Gruiformes
  • Family: Gruidae
  • Conservation status: Endangered
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