Appearance: - The Blue Crane is a relatively small Crane and has a pale blue-grey plumage with a white crown, pink beak, trailing wingtips (tertials) are dark-grey, and long dark legs. Both sexes are alike.
Size: - Typical Adult is 100-120cm (40-47in) tall.
Food: - Grasses, sedges, roots, tubers, crops, insects, worms, amphibians, and small mammals.
Habitat/Range: - Dry grasslands, crop fields, and occasionally wetlands in mainly South Africa, and also Namibia.
Breeding Season: - August to April, peaking in November in South Africa.
Eggs: - 1 to 2 (buff colour with brown markings).
Notes: - The Blue Crane, also called Stanley Crane, and Paradise Crane, is the national bird of South Africa. This Crane spends more time in dry grassy uplands rather than wetlands. As with other Cranes it has an elaborate courtship dance involving leaping and dancing. It is listed as 'Vulnerable' due to loss of habitat.
Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
Classification: - Family: Gruidae,