Sarus crane

Sarus crane Grus antigone

ClassAves
OrderGruiformes
FamilyGruidae
Size1.75m
Weight8-10kg
Incubation28–32 days
Eggs2
Life-spanmore than 30 years
Diet
omnivorous (grains, cereals, small vertebrates and invertebrates)

Habitat
cultivated land

Range
India, South-east Asia and Australia


Sarus cranes are the largest cranes. In the breeding season, couples, who generally mate for life, engage in spectacular parades accompanied by loud cries.
 
Their nests, built from plants, are constructed on water or in flooded areas. Both males and females incubate the eggs. Chicks can follow their parents from the day they are born.
 
This species is endangered by the destruction of its habitat, especially the drying up of wetlands. Trade in chicks and adults is another major threat, especially in South-east Asia.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

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