Grey Crowned Crane

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION/RANGE:  
Africa south of the Sahara Desert

DIET: 
They feed on grasses, seeds, invertebrates like insects and snails and small vertebrates like frogs.

HABITAT: 
Grey crowned cranes prefer to live in wetland areas of the savanna.

REPRODUCTION: 
Breeding cranes will build a circular nest made of grasses and sedges. Both male and female birds will help to protect the nest with one crane standing guard while the other forages for food.

DESCRIPTION: 
With a straw yellow crown covering the top of the head few birds of the African savanna are as strikingly beautiful as the crowned crane. 

DID YOU KNOW? 
Its regal beauty inspired the people of Uganda to declare its close relative the crested crane, the country’s national bird.    

MORE ABOUT OUR ANIMALS: 
We have a pair of cranes named Waldie and Wanda.

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS:   
Read about Grey-crowned Cranes online and check out books from your local library.  Become a member of the El Paso Zoological Society.  funds raised by the Society are used to support conservation efforts at the El Paso Zoo and in the wild.  

JUST FOR KIDS:
The Grey-crowned Crane is the second tallest bird in the Zoo. What bird is the tallest and what bird is the shortest?