Sandhill Crane

The sandhill crane is naturally grey with a crimson crown topping its head. To maintain a strong pair bond, the sandhill crane performs a variety of ritualistic mating behaviors, including bowing while stretching its wings upright and leaping. This crane spends much of its time on the ground and is excellent at walking and running. The sandhill crane is also a strong flyer.

Sandhill Crane

Antigone canadensis

Distribution: Freshwater wetlands and grasslands of North America, from Canada to Mexico, and as far east as Siberia

Diet in the Wild: Plants, grains, snakes, mice, worms, insects

Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Grain

IUCN Red List Status: Least concern, population increasing

Interesting Facts:

Some subspecies of sandhill cranes are migratory birds, journeying from Canada, Alaska and Siberia to wintering sites in California, Utah, Texas, Florida and Mexico.

Sometimes sandhill cranes will look like they have a reddish-brown tinge as opposed to their usual gray color. This occurs because the cranes will sometimes smear mud into their feathers while preening.

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