Grey-necked crowned crane

Balearica regulorum

Common name

Grey-necked crowned crane

Habitat

It is generally found in grasslands near bodies of water, where they usually make their nests, however, they often feed in open savannahs, and are even observed to be found on farmland.
Features

Family

gruidae

Medals

Gruiformes

Class

Birds

Gestation

28-31 days

Number of offspring

2–4

Preproduction

Diet

They are generalist omnivores and feed on insects, small animals such as lizards and worms, and seeds.

Life

22 years in the wild and 25 in captivity.

Biology and behavior

Grey-necked crowned cranes are non-migratory and gregarious birds, but when the breeding season arrives they separate and look for their partner, who will be the same throughout their lives.

There is no sexual dimorphism in these birds, but males are usually a little larger than females. We can differentiate the sexes during the breeding season, when the male performs the courtship dance for the female. This dance includes bows, jumps and a sound involving the red gular sac.

Its feathers are gray, except for the wings, which are white, and a golden plume of feathers on its head, which give it its name. The young, when born, have grayish plumage with pale tips.

Despite being one of the most abundant cranes in Africa, its population has decreased by 15% in the past two decades. They face the degradation of their breeding area and are also persecuted by farmers, since they see the cranes as a threat to their crops. Cranes often invade crops and feed on the young stems of corn plants.

Some
curiosities

At night they sleep in trees, thus avoiding attack by predators.

African savanna
Wetlands
africans
Habitats
Equatorial jungle
Madagascar Island