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Blue Crane

Anthropoides paradiseus


Tall, ground-dwelling bird, but is fairly small by the standards of the crane family. It is 100–120 cm tall, with a wingspan of 180–200 cm. This was a group of 7. I dont think it is a common sight anymore.


In a field next to the highway in a semi desert area.


This is the National bird of South Africa!

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Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 5 years ago

Thanks Herb, they are endangered. Sadly over a 100 dead cranes was discovered recently, they had been poisoned by a farmer.

Herb 5 years ago

amazing!!!! never seem before!!!!

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 6 years ago

Thank you Leanne and Scot!

LeanneGardner 6 years ago


Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

(I'm sorry, I have to comment again). These cranes are quintessentially elegant!

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 6 years ago

Thank you Alice and Mona!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 6 years ago

Cool bird !! Thanks to sharing Smith Zoo :)

alicelongmartin 6 years ago

Nice Series!

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 7 years ago

Thanks Adarsha!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Nice series :)

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 7 years ago

Thanks Antonio, Scott, dotun55, Hema and kdpicturemaker for the kind compliments. There was actually 9 birds roaming on this open field not seven as I said first. It was really thrilling to see so many together!

Great series Smith Zoo,beautiful pics#,we feel that's AFRICA :-)congrats and thanks for sharing

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

A gorgeous portrait and series.

dotun55 7 years ago

Nice nature image!

Hema 7 years ago

The feathers of the crown and forehead are light grayish white, while the cheeks, ear coverts and nape are dark ashy gray, which they raise (or fluff) during threat displays, producing a distinctive cobra-like look.

kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

Beautiful & interesting bird. Lovely observations.

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 7 years ago

That's true Viv, almost cobra like...

VivBraznell 7 years ago

Nice series! They have an interesting head shape!

Smith Zoo
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Breede Valley Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Jan 6, 2014
Submitted on Feb 26, 2014

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