Bird

East African Crowned Crane

Area: 
Eastern sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa
Habitat: 
Near rivers and wetlands
Food: 
Plants, worms, insects, lizards, and small mammals
Size: 
4 feet tall
Babies: 
2 to 3 eggs are laid; chicks hatch after 30 days.
Crowned cranes are the only cranes that roost in trees!
May I Have This Dance?

 

The East African crowned crane is a tall, majestic-looking birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. that sports a sort of crown of tall, stiff, golden feathers. The crane's long legs and neck and excellent peripheral vision help it spot predators in the tall savannaIn tropical or subtropical areas, a flat, mostly open, grassland with a few scattered trees. grasses.

 

Crowned cranes are famous for their courtshipAll behavioral patterns leading to breeding or pair formation., especially the mating dance between the male and female. The dance consists of bobbing, flapping wings, and swinging circles around each other. Crowned cranes are usually found in pairs but have been seen alone and in small flocks of 3 to 20 individuals. There have even been a few groups of 51 to 150 birds seen! A successful pair of mated crowned cranes keeps its family group together for almost a year. After that, the young birds often form their own flockA group of birds or mammals. For example: a flock of sheep; a flock of ducks and spend much of their time feeding in fields. 

 

Many people believe that these cranes are able to bring rain with them, so they add pictures of cranes or their movements into their own rituals to bring about the rainy season. The crowned crane is the national birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. of Uganda.