Scientific Name: Balearica regulorum gibbericeps
Habitat: Eastern Africa in wetland and grassland habitats
Diet: These omnivorous birds eat insects, grass seeds, invertebrates, reptiles, and some small mammals.
Height: 3.5 feet
Wingspan: 6 feet
Weight: 15 pounds
Unlike other crane species, gray-crowned cranes can perch in the trees thanks to prehensile hind toes that allow them to grasp branches.
The male gray-crowned crane performs a special dance to attract females for breeding. The display involves bowing, jumping, and head shaking as well as a loud call. These cranes make honking sounds that differ greatly from the calls of other cranes. These vocalizations are also used in territorial displays to defend nesting areas.