Geographical Range Eastern and southern Africa
Habitat Swamps, marshes, reedbeds
Scientific Name Bugeranus carunculatus
Conservation Status Threatened
The wattled crane is named for the twin flaps of feathered skin (orwattles) hanging from each side of its throat. This large bird lives inshallow wetlands, where it digs in the mud for plants, insects, snakesand frogs. Both males and females cooperate in building a grass nest,sitting on the egg and raising their single chick. Wetland draining hasmade this the most threatened crane species.

Did You Know?

During nesting season a pair of wattled cranes defends a territory of more than 200 acres.