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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Anthropoides paradisea
HABITAT: Grasslands of Southern Africa.
CONSERVATION STATUS: Vulnerable
FUN FACT: This immaculately plumed species is the national bird of South Africa.
DIET: Insects, small vertebrates, wheat, barley, maize and seeds of grasses.
DESCRIPTION: The Stanley Crane’s main color is blue-gray (hence its nickname “Blue Crane”). The head is completely covered with long, loose, silvery-gray feathers, which gives it a swollen appearance. The wing coverts are dark gray to black and are so greatly elongated that they touch the ground. Tails are very short on cranes and usually not visible unless the crane raises its wings. Iris is dark brown; bill flesh colored; legs and feet are black; overall length reaches 42 inches. The female is distinctly smaller than the male. Its call is a loud, high-pitched ‘craaaaarrk.’
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