Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52499

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Gruiformes
Family:Gruidae
Genus:Grus
Genus species:Grus antigone

Animal Characteristics

Height:183 cm
Weight:7 kg
Identification:The sarus crane is gray with white wings, a pale crown and ear patch, and bare red skin on the head and upper neck.
Habitat:Seasonally flooded grassy plains, clearings surrounded by forests
Diet:Omnivore: aquatic plants, insects, water snakes, grain, berries, small vertebrates, fish
Reproduction:Sarus cranes mate for life, with breeding occurring from July to October. The female lays two eggs that are then incubated for 31-35 days. The lifespan for these birds is 25 years in the wild and more than 40 years in captivity.
Large groups of 100+ birds often gather for feeding and/or migration.
Behavior:Pairs perform a dancing courtship display, which includes wing spreading, bowing, head lowering, and leaps into the air.
Status:Endangered: especially eastern populations
Interesting Facts:Sarus cranes are the tallest flying bird. They are considered sacred by the people of northern India and are often kept in gardens to kill pests such as insects, snakes, and rodents.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Asia
Northern Australia
Date:1974-01 Subjects:Sarus crane
long-legged wading bird
Cranes (Birds)
Gruiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52499