Blue Crane

blue-crane

Identification:

Length 1.0-1.2 m, mass 4.2-5.8 kg, males larger than females
Plumage is blue-grey except for white crown and lores.

Habitat:

Grassland, short scrubland, wetlands, cultivated pastures and crop lands.

Behaviour:

In pairs or family groups when breeding, otherwise in large flocks.

Diet:

Food includes invertebrates, frogs, reptiles, fish, leaves and seeds.

Breeding:

The nest is a thinly lined scrape on dry ground or pad of vegetative material on marshy ground. One or two eggs are laid October to February.

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