Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52284

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Gruiformes
Family:Gruidae
Genus:Bugeranus
Genus species:Bugeranus caruncalatus

Animal Characteristics

Identification:The wattled crane has two white-feathered wattles on either side of its bill. Its neck is long and white, and the wings and back are gray. The bird's undersides are black.
Habitat:Shallow wetlands
Diet:Omnivore: aquatic vegetation, seeds, insects, grain
Reproduction:Each year, breeding pairs return to their favorite breeding spots. They usually lay one egg, but may have two, which are then incubated for 40 days. Fledging occurs when the chick is 100 days old.
Wattled cranes gather in small flocks when they are not breeding.
Behavior:There always seems to be one wattled crane watching and looking out; they will even watch a herd of cattle if nothing else is moving.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This is the largest crane species in Africa. It also has the longest incubation period of all cranes.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern parts of Central Africa Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Wattled crane
long-legged wading bird
Grus
Cranes (Birds)
Gruiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52284