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Black Crowned-Crane (Balearica Pavonina)

Black Crowned-Crane (Balearica Pavonina)
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Copyright: Ricardo Kuehn (ryyck) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-01 7:14
Viewed: 4154
Points: 4
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Black Crowned-Crane (Balearica Pavonina)

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Gruidae
Genus: Balearica
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.

Source: http://www.answers.com/Balearica%20Pavonina

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-03-01 10:40]

Un air royal !
Bonne journée.

Cześc Ricardo,
Świetne foto. Super kompozycja, niezły kontakt wzrokowy z ptakiem.

Regards from Poland - BratAni.

Hi Ricardo,
this is a great portrait of this Black Crowned-Crane. These are beautiful birds, especially their crown,
well done,

Excelente foto, pena que o pessoal do site me proibiu de dar pontinhos.

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