Black Crowned-Crane

It occurs in dry savannah in Africa south of the Sahara, although in nests in somewhat wetter habitats. There are two subspecies: B. p. pavonina in the west and the more numerous B. p. ceciliae in east Africa.

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The Black Crowned-Crane is classified as Near Threatened (NT), is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

The black crowned-crane has bare cheek patches that are white and reddish (4). There are two black crowned-crane subspecies; in the West African crowned crane (Balearica pavonina pavonina) the lower half of the cheek patch is red, whereas in the Sudan crowned crane(Balearica pavonina ceciliae) the red extends to the upper half of the cheek patch (2) (5). Male black crowned-cranes are larger than females, and juveniles differ by having grey to brown plumage with a brown crown and nape (2). More

The black crowned-crane appears to eat anything it comes across; its feeds on insects such as grasshoppers and flies, millipedes, crabs, amphibians and reptiles (2) (4). It also consumes grass seeds and sometimes grain, and may do some crop damage through its feeding habits (4). Food is normally pecked off the surface, but the black crowned-crane also stamps its feet in an attempt to disturb potential prey hidden in the ground (2). More

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Order : Gruiformes
Family : Gruidae
Genus : Balearica
Species : pavonina
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1758)