The Sarus Crane is classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. The world's tallest flying birds, some of the largest specimens may reach a height of 7 feet with an 8 to 9 foot wing span. Sarus cranes have a life span up to 80 years.
The species is venerated in India and legend has it that the poet Valmiki cursed a hunter for killing a Sarus Crane and was then inspired to write the epic Ramayana. The species was a close contender to the Indian Peafowl as the national bird of India. An Indian 14-seater propeller aircraft, the Saras, is named after this crane.
Lat: 23.14, Long: 72.39
Spotted on Jun 17, 2012
Submitted on Jun 26, 2012