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East African Crowned Crane

Balearica regulorum

Description:

This crane is "about 1 m (3.3 ft) tall and weighs 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs). Its body plumage is mainly grey. The wings are also predominantly white, but contain feathers with a range of colours. The head has a crown of stiff golden feathers. The sides of the face are white, and there is a bright red inflatable throat pouch. The bill is relatively short and grey, and the legs are black. The sexes are similar, although males tend to be slightly larger. Young birds are greyer than adults, with a feathered buff face." - Wikipedia

Habitat:

San Diego Zoo Safari Park. This species "occurs from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo through Uganda, of which it is the national bird, and Kenya to eastern South Africa." - Wikipedia

Notes:

Aka Grey Crowned Crane. "Although the Grey Crowned Crane remains common over much of its range, it faces threats to its habitat due to drainage, overgrazing, and pesticide pollution." - Wikipedia

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San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Apr 3, 2012
Submitted on Apr 5, 2012

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