Grey Crowned Crane
Tanzania and Uganda
The Grey Crowned Crane is the representative for Tanzania and Uganda and also features in the centre of the Ugandan flag. It is native to Africa, south of the Sahara and makes it’s home in the dry savannah or the wetter marshes and grassy flatlands. It is a non-migrating bird.
This grey bird stands around a metre tall and is easily recognised by it’s bright red throat pouch. They have large, slender feet, evolved for balance. They live in large groups; it is not uncommon for flocks to have 30-150 birds.
The Grey Crowned Crane feeds mainly on plants, seeds, insects, frogs and snakes. They can be seen walking heavily, stamping their feet on each step to disturb insects and catch them.
This bird is also known for it’s unique mating ritual – both the male and the female dance, honk, bow and jump in order to attract a mate. Often the young are seen joining in the dance, despite not looking for a mate.
The crane normally lays between 2 and 5 eggs, the incubation period is between 28 and 31 days. As soon as the young hatch they can run (and dance!)