|Copyright: Lotti Sidwell (hippoduck) (59)|
|Date Taken: 2010-06|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-07-17 12:42|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|I won 2nd place at my first contest with this photo! I beat my own Dad!|
This is a Grey Crowned Crane, taken at the Willow park Zoo. The 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 made of grass and other plants. The Grey Crowned Crane lays a clutch of 2-5 eggs. Parents switch off incubating the eggs and lasts 28-31 days. Chicks fledge at 56-100 days.
The Grey Crowned Crane is about 3 feet tall and weighs about 7 pounds. Like all cranes, it feeds on insects, reptiles and small mammals.
Although it is common over a lot of its range, it faces threats to its habitat due to drainage, overgrazing, and pesticide pollution.
It eats grass seeds and insects.
The Grey Crowned Crane is the national bird of Uganda and is in the country's flag and coat of arms.
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