Sandhill Crane

Grus canadensis

Like all cranes, sandhill cranes are “dancers”.  A male and female will show each other attention by leaping, bowing, running, stretching their necks, and flapping their wings. Sometimes they sing while they dance and sound very much like a trumpet.

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
where to see themWhere to see them: Swan Lake
lengthLength: 4 ft
weightWeight: 7 to 11 lbs
lifespanLifespan: Up to 55 yrs
habitatHabitat: Wetlands and grasslands
dietDiet: Plants and small aquatic animals
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (Ohio Endangered Species List—Endangered)