Gruidae - Cranes
Cranes must be amongst the most elegant of birds, standing up to six foot tall; they are also some of the most endangered. Long-legged, long-necked wading birds with relatively short, but powerful beaks, they are found in wet grassland and shallow lakes throughout the world. They are omnivorous, eating everything from seed to frogs, and some species have adapted to foraging in agricultural fields. Most cranes do not start breeding until they are 3-5 years old, and most are monogamous for life. They have evolved elaborate courtship rituals often involving exuberant dances and some extremely loud calling (their windpipe is lengthened by coiling in the breastbone providing extra amplification).
Only the Common Crane occurs at all regularly in Britain. A few pairs nesting in east Norfolk maintain its tenuous foothold as a British breeding species.
Regularly Occurring Species
Marsh Awards 2020 - online stream and live panel
This year’s awards will take place virtually at 7pm on Wednesday 28 October and we'd love you to join us on the evening.
Migration blog (23rd – 29th October)
Birdtrack organiser Scott Mayson and media manager Paul Stancliffe reveal what species have been on the move during the last week and what we can expect over the weekend and into next week.