At the Cincinnati Zoo

The golden crown of feathers atop the East African or grey crowned crane’s (Balearica regulorum) head is not the only thing that distinguishes it from other cranes. It has a shorter bill than other cranes, which allows it to feed on a wide range of foods. Also unlike other cranes, the crowned crane perches and roosts in trees, with the aid of a well-developed hind toe.

Facts Edit

  • Where to see them: Eastern and southern Africa
  • Height: 3.3 to 3.5 ft
  • Weight: 6.5 to 8.7 lbs
  • Lifespan: Up to 25 yrs in captivity
  • Habitat: Wetlands and grasslands
  • Diet: Grasses, seeds, insects, and other small animals
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