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The golden crown of feathers atop the Grey 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.

side view of an east african crowned crane

Did You Know?

Craning to See: The crane’s long legs and neck and excellent vision help it spot predators among the tall grasses.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Balearica regulorum

Eastern and southern Africa

Wetlands and grasslands

3.3 to 3.5 ft

25 yrs

Zoo Location:

Grasses, seeds, insects, and other small animals

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN-Endangered)