The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Wattled Crane

Afrikaans name: Lelkraanvoël

Wattled Crane

Above - Wattled Crane

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Grus carunculata

The Wattled Crane is not a common species but when it is in an area you are sure to spot it. It is around 120 cm in length. They are normally seen on the ground where they forage in grassland or in the shallow water on the edge of a dam or vlei.

In South Africa they are found inland on grassland or vleis. They only occur in a band from the Eastern Cape, through KwaZulu-Natal to Mpumalanga but they are not found near the coast.

They feed on a wide variety of foods including frogs, reptiles, insects and grain. They will also take small mammals if they can catch them.

It is unusual to see the Wattled Crane in bigger flocks. Most often you will find a pair or small flock.

Wattled Cranes may breed at any time during the year. The nest is a large heap of vegetation normally surrounded by water. Either one or two eggs are laid. Although two eggs are laid they only raise one chick.

References and further reading

Wild Issue 41 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 79

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 72

Wading Birds of the World - Revised edition - Author: Eric and Richard Soothill - Published: 1989 - Page: 124

The Rare Birds of Southern Africa - Author: P.A. Clancey - Published: 1985 - Page: 147

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 89

Southern Africas Threatened Wildlife - Author: John Ledger - Published: 1990 - Page: 38

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 14

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

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 143

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 152

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 186

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 183

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 150

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 113

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 138

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 30

Questions and Answers - Endangered Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: John Comrie-Greig - Published: 1992 - Page: 14

Rare Birds of the World - Author: Guy Mountford & Norman Arlott - Published: 1988 - Page: 109

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 181

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 102

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 29

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 53

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 74

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

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 26

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 58

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 110

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 138

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 102

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 181

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