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Balearica regulorum

Balearica regulorum
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Copyright: Yngve Nilsson (yngve) (113)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon Coolpix L4
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-11 1:12
Viewed: 4456
Points: 2
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The Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum) is a bird in the crane family Gruidae. It
occurs in dry savannah in Africa south of the Sahara, although it nests in somewhat
wetter habitats.
There are two subspecies. The East African B. r. gibbericeps (Crested Crane) occurs
from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo through Uganda, of which it is the
national bird, and Kenya to eastern South Africa. It has a larger area of bare red
facial skin above the white patch than the smaller Balearica regulorum regulorum
(South African Crowned Crane) which breeds from Angola south to South Africa.
This species and the closely related Black Crowned Crane are the only cranes that
can roost in trees, because of a long hind toe that can grasp branches. This habit,
amongst other things, is a reason why the relatively small Balearica cranes are
believed to closely resemble the ancestral members of the Gruidae.
At Edinburgh ZooThe Grey Crowned Crane has a breeding display involving dancing,
bowing, and jumping. It has a booming call which involves inflation of the red
gular sac. It also makes a honking sound quite different from the trumpeting of
other crane species.
The nest is a platform of grass and other plants in tall wetland vegetation. The
Grey Crowned Crane lays a clutch of 2-5 eggs. Incubation is performed by both
sexes and lasts 28-31 days. Chicks fledge at 56-100 days.
The Grey Crowned Crane is about 1 m (3.3 ft) tall and weighs 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs).
Its body plumage is mainly grey. The wings are also predominantly white, but
contain feathers with a range of colours. The head has a crown of stiff golden
feathers. The sides of the face are white, and there is a bright red inflatable
throat pouch. The bill is relatively short and grey, and the legs are black. The
sexes are similar, although males tend to be slightly larger. Young birds are greyer
than adults, with a feathered buff face. Like all cranes, it feeds on insects, reptiles
and small mammals.
Although the Grey Crowned Crane remains common over much of its range, it faces
threats to its habitat due to drainage, overgrazing, and pesticide pollution.
The Grey Crowned Crane eats grass seeds and insects, along with other invertebrates.
The Grey Crowned Crane is the national bird of Uganda and features in the country's
flag and coat of arms.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


This photo is digiscoped in Gothenburg Zoo (Slottsskogen).

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-13 6:35]

I like that picture, Yngve, it looks so fantastic and out of this world! Yet, this bird is real and beautiful, you captured it well with a taste of the fifties. Superb!


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