Sandhill crane

Crane at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Like all cranes, sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) are “dancers”. A male and female will show each other attention by leaping, bowing, running, stretching their necks, and flapping their wings. Sometimes they sing while they dance and sound very much like a trumpet.


  • Where to see them: Siberia and North America
  • Length: 4 ft
  • Weight: 7 to 11 lbs
  • Lifespan: Up to 55 yrs
  • Habitat: Wetlands and grasslands
  • Diet: Plants and small aquatic animals
  • Risk Status: Species at Risk (Ohio Endangered Species List—Endangered)
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