Gruidae – Cranes

Sandhill Cranes and Babies in yard

Sandhill Cranes and Babies (Grus canadensis) in yard by Dan

Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD. (Jeremiah 8:7 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – GRUIFORMES, Family – Gruidae – Cranes

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Species (15)

Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)
Black Crowned Crane (Balearica pavonina)
Siberian Crane (Leucogeranus leucogeranus)
Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis)
White-naped Crane (Antigone vipio)
Sarus Crane (Antigone antigone)
Brolga (Antigone rubicunda)
Wattled Crane (Grus carunculata)
Blue Crane (Grus paradisea)
Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo)
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis)
Whooping Crane (Grus americana)
Common Crane (Grus grus)
Hooded Crane (Grus monacha)
Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis)

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Cranes are a clade (Gruidae) of large, long-legged and long-necked birds in the group Gruiformes. There are fifteen species of crane in four genera. Unlike the similar-looking but unrelated herons, cranes fly with necks outstretched, not pulled back. Cranes live on all continents except Antarctica and South America.

Most species of cranes are at the least classified as threatened, if not critically endangered, within their range. The plight of the Whooping Cranes of North America inspired some of the first US legislation to protect endangered species.

Most have elaborate and noisy courting displays or “dances”. While folklore often states that cranes mate for life, recent scientific research indicates that these birds do change mates over the course of their lifetimes, which may last several decades. Cranes construct platform nests in shallow water, and typically lay two eggs at a time. Both parents help to rear the young, which remain with them until the next breeding season. (Wikipedia with editing)

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