Geographical Range Northeastern Mongolia, northeastern China and extreme southeastern Russia
Habitat Swamps, marshes, lakes and wet meadows along river valleys
Scientific Name Grus vipio
Conservation Status Threatened

The beauty and grace of these Asian cranes is unforgettable as they bow and leap, engaging in the crane dance. Though the dance is part of their courtship display, at other times it seems to be for just pure joy.

Cranes feed in the wild by digging with their beaks in soft, wet mud for tubers and insects. The number of white-naped cranes has declined because of human interference with their wetland habitats.

Did you know?
Cranes are the oldest and tallest family of flying birds.