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Grey Crowned Crane

Afrikaans name: Mahem

Grey Crowned Crane

Grey Crowned Crane

Photo © Steven Herbert

Balearica regulorum

The Grey Crowned Crane is a really beautiful bird and is, to me, the best looking of the cranes. Male and female have similar colouration.

These elegant birds have an elaborate courtship display. They dance and jump around as well as bow down.

The Grey Crowned Crane breeds in wetland areas. It makes its nest among tall vegetation. The nest is large and up to 5 eggs may be laid.

These birds eat a wide variety of foods including grain, seeds, insects, frogs, snakes and even fish if it can catch them.

Grey Crowned Crane

Above - A crane resting

Photo © Steven Herbert

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References

List of South African Birds

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 30

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 632 - Author: - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 48

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 36

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 409

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 184

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 152

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