East African Crowned Crane

Balearica regulorum

The golden crown of feathers atop the East African crowned crane’s head is not the only thing that distinguishes it from other cranes. It has a shorter bill than other cranes, which allows it to feed on a wide range of foods. Also unlike other cranes, the crowned crane perches and roosts in trees, with the aid of a well-developed hind toe.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Giraffe Ridge
heightHeight: 3.3 to 3.5 ft
weightWeight: 6.5 to 8.7 lbs
lifespanLifespan: Up to 25 yrs in captivity
habitatHabitat: Wetlands and grasslands
dietDiet: Grasses, seeds, insects, and other small animals