Black Crowned-Crane (Balearica Pavonina)
|Copyright: Ricardo Kuehn (ryyck)
|Date Taken: 2007-02|
|Camera: Canon 400D|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-03-01 7:14|
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|Black Crowned-Crane (Balearica Pavonina)|
Species: B. pavonina
The Black Crowned Crane (Balearica pavonina) is a bird in the crane family Gruidae. It was once called also Kaffir Crane.
It occurs in dry savannah in Africa south of the Sahara, although in nests in somewhat wetter habitats. There are two races, B. p. pavonina in the west, and the more numerous B. p. ceciliae in east Africa.
This species and the closely related Grey Crowned Crane, B. regulorum, which prefers wetter habitats for foraging, are the only cranes that can nest in trees. 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.
Like all cranes, the Black Crowned Crane eats insects, reptiles, and small mammals. It is endangered, especially in the west, by habitat loss and degradation.
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- [2007-03-01 10:40]
Un air royal !
Świetne foto. Super kompozycja, niezły kontakt wzrokowy z ptakiem.
Regards from Poland - BratAni.