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Cranes

Order: Gruiformes
Suborder: Grui
Family: Gruidae (15 species in 4 genera)

Species on page (3 species in three genera depicted)

+ Florida Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis pratensis)
+ Grey crowned crane (Balearica regulorum)
+ Blue crane (Anthropoides paradiseus)

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Sandhill crane

Florida

Sandhill crane close-up

sandhill crane
Florida Sandhill Crane - one of six subspecies
Grus canadensis pratensis
Arcadia, Florida

The opportunity for a close encounter with these cranes was the type of wildlife experience that takes your breath away. Although the species as a whole is not considered endangered, the Florida subspecies is. We were lucky enough to have several encounters with them.

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Sandhill crane junenile

sandhill crane
Grus canadensis pratensis
Arcadia, Florida
August 22, 2011

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Sandhill crane feathers - juvenile

sandhill crane
Grus canadensis pratensis
Arcadia, Florida

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Sandhill crane - irony

sandhill crane
Grus canadensis pratensis
Arcadia, Florida
August 22, 2011

The cranes were feeding on the lawn of a crane in "downtown" Arcadia. At one point, this adult walked in front of this sign.

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Sandhill crane - feeding

sandhill crane
Grus canadensis pratensis
Arcadia, Florida
August 22, 2011

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Grey crowned crane (Balearica regulorum)

Close

crowned crane

Tanzania
2004
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The Royal Crane (following coronation)

crowned crane
Uganda

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Blue crane (Anthropoides paradiseus)

National bird

Blue crane (Anthropoides paradiseus)
Boteliers Kop Game Reserve, South Africa
January 24, 2016

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+ Miscellaneous

Other Gruiformes

+ Gruidae: cranes
+ Railidae: rails
+ Railidae: moorhens

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Last modified: March 25, 2016
Created: January 4, 2012
Contact: siegelr@stanford.edu
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