East African Crowned Crane
|Geographical Range||Eastern Africa|
|Habitat||Wetlands, open grasslands, savannas|
|Scientific Name||Balearica regulorum gibbericeps|
This bird gets its name from the distinctive golden "crown" of feathers on its head. It lives in open areas and grasslands, where it feeds on grass seeds, insects, frogs and lizards. Crowned cranes usually mate for life. Both the male and female cooperate in building the nest, and in defending the eggs and the chicks. Crowned crane parents often pretend to be injured to lure predators away from their nestlings.
Did You Know?
With an average of four eggs per clutch, these cranes have the largest average clutch size of any crane species.