Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54447

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Gruiformes
Family:Gruidae
Genus:Grus
Genus species:Grus rubicundus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:107-114 cm
Height:140 cm
Weight:5.7-6.8 kg
Identification:The brolga crane has a naked gray head with scarlet skin on the rear of the head and nape. It has a black dewlap under chin. The crane's neck and back are silver-gray and often have brownish tints. It has gray wings, black primaries, and gray underparts.
Habitat:Wetlands, farmlands, open plains
Diet:Omnivore: tubers, insects, grain, crustaceans
Reproduction:Nesting usually begins with the wet season. Breeding pairs commonly use the same nesting marsh for several years. Both parents incubate their 1-2 eggs for 32 days. The chicks may stay with their parents for more than a year if the adults do not nest again.
Pairs or small parties (1-4 birds) of cranes are commonly seen.
Behavior:Brolgas are usually nonmigratory.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Brolga cranes are the only crane species to have a salt gland (located at the corner of the eyes) through which they rid their bodies of excess salt.

Other Information

Geographic:Australia Date:1964-09 Subjects:long-legged wading bird
Brolga crane
Cranes (Birds)
Gruiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/54447