Birds

 

Blue Crane

Anthropoides paradisea


 

Class Aves   Blue Crane 
Order Gruiformes
Distribution South and S.W. Africa
Habitat Grasslands and swamps
Conservation Status Endangered. Listed under Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Behaviour The Blue Crane perches on dry grassy uplands and spends little time in wetlands.  The bird is an altitudinal migrant that generally nests on high grasslands and moves to lower altitudes for winter, spending most of its time in agricultural areas.  Blue Cranes are usually seen in a family flock making up of a pair of adult cranes and their babies.  Spring and summer are their breeding season.  Two eggs are laid each time in a simple nest and the eggs will hatch in about a month.
Diet Seeds of grasses and sedges, waste grains, insects and small vertebrates.
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