Japanese White-naped Crane

The White-naped Crane breeds in northeastern Mongolia, northeastern China, and adjacent areas of southeastern Russia where a program at Khinganski Nature Reserve raises eggs provided from US.

The Japanese White-naped Crane is classified as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

Japanese white-naped crane (Grus vipio) kept in an outdoor exhibit at the Everland Zoological Gardens in Korea became depressed and developed anorexia, weight loss, and diarrhea. Death of this bird was associated with an overwhelming systemic infection by an intracellular coccidian parasite, which resulted in necrosis and granulomatous inflammation in a number of major organs, including the intestine, liver, spleen, and kidney. Coccidian parasite-laden macrophages were commonly found in the blood vessels of these organs. More

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Original source: Jiří Bukovský
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Order : Gruiformes
Family : Gruidae
Genus : Grus
Species : vipio
Authority : Pallas, 1811