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Common Crane

Common Crane
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Gruiformes
Family:Gruidae
Genus:Grus
Species:grus
Binomial name
Grus grus
The Common Crane Grus grus, also known as the Eurasian Crane, is a bird of the family Gruidae, the cranes.

This species breeds in northern parts of Europe and western Asia. It is along distance migrant wintering in Africa and southern Europe. Migrating flocks fly in a V formation.

In Great Britain it became extinct in the 17th century but a tiny population now breeds again in the Norfolk Broads[?].

The crane is a large stately bird, 44 inches long. It is grey with white facial streak and a bunch of black plumes on its tail. Adults have a red crown patch.

It has a loud trumpeting call, given in flight and display. It has a dancing display, leaping with wings uplifted.

It will eat insects, small birds and mammals.



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