Sarus crane Grus antigone
Life-spanmore than 30 years
omnivorous (grains, cereals, small vertebrates and invertebrates)
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 evaluatedNE
- Data deficientDD
- Least concernLC
- Near threatenedNT
- Critically endangeredCR
- Extinct in the wildEW