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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Gruiformes
Family:Gruidae
Genus:Anthropoides
Genus species:Anthropoides paradisea

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:107 cm
Identification:The top of head, nape, lores, and chin of the blue crane are a pale blue-gray color. The neck is slate, and the body plumage is slate-gray. The blue crane's flight feathers are black, and long tertials reach the ground.
Habitat:Grasslands
Diet:Omnivore: insects, small animals, fish, seeds, grain
Reproduction:Blue cranes nest in high altitude grasslands.
These birds are most commonly found in pairs. During the nonbreeding season, they may gather into flocks containing a few hundred birds.
Status:Endangered
Interesting Facts:Blue cranes will often sleep while standing in the water.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Africa Date:1975-10 Subjects:long-legged wading bird
Blue crane
Stanley crane
Grus
Cranes (Birds)
Gruiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata