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.
- 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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