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) by Bob-Nan – ArticleVideo by Keith
Black Crowned Crane (Balearica pavonina) by Africaddict
Siberian Crane (Leucogeranus leucogeranus) ©Wiki
Sandhill Crane (Antigonecanadensis) by Lee
White-naped Crane (Antigonevipio) ©Wiki
Sarus Crane (Antigoneantigone) by Nikhil – Video by KeithB
Brolga (Antigonerubicunda) by Ian
Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo) by Nikhil
Blue Crane (Grus paradisea) ©Wiki – Video by KeithB
Wattled Crane (Grus carunculata) by DavesBP – Video by KeithB
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis) ©Wiki
Whooping Crane (Grus americana) by ReinierM
Common Crane (Grus grus) by Nikhil
Hooded Crane (Grus monacha) ©Wiki
Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis) by Nikhil – Video by KeithB
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Africaddict
Bob & Nan’s Gallery
Dan’s Pix (Dan)
Dave’s BirdingPix
Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Keith Blomerley – Videographer
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery-II
Reinier’s Wildstock Photos Gallery


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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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