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Sandhill Crane

Grus canadensis


A tall, long-legged wading bird. Coloring is predominately gray, with red cap on head and black legs and bill.


Nests on ground in wetlands. Often seen in agricultural fields where they glean spilled or waste grain.


These cranes pair for life, although they will take new mates on occasion. In preparation for and during breeding season they often "paint" themselves with mud changing their color from gray to a color more in tune with their surroundings. Often this is a reddish brown color. It's thought that a brownish bird is better camoflauged on the nest than is the gray bird.

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Lat: 45.83, Long: -92.67

Spotted on Apr 23, 2010
Submitted on Apr 23, 2010

Spotted for mission


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