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Florida Sandhill Crane

Grus canadensis pratensis


Around 11:00 a.m. in the morning, I walked to the front door. I then looked out of the glass window, that was to the right of the front door. I saw two, Florida sandhill cranes, walking on my front lawn. Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Gruiformes Family: Gruidae Genus: Grus Species: G. canadensis Subspecies: Grus canadensis pratensis Common name: Florida sandhill crane The Florida sandhill crane is gray, with a long neck and legs, and a bald spot of red skin, on top of its head. The diet of the Florida sandhill crane, primarily consists of grain, berries, seeds, insects, worms, mice, small birds, snakes, lizards, and frogs. The Florida sandhill crane, is a non-migratory, year round breeding resident. This species is monogamous ( breeds with one mate ). Florida sandhill crane nests, are built by both mates, with grass, moss, and sticks. Resident Florida sandhill cranes, are usually seen in very small groups or pairs.


Florida sandhill cranes, are a non-migratory species, that nests in freshwater ponds and marshes. Florida sandhill cranes, inhabit freshwater marshes, prairies, and pastures. They occur throughout peninsular Florida, north to the Okefenokee Swamp, in southern Georgia. Florida's Kissimmee and Desoto prairie regions, are home to the state's most abundant populations.


The two, Florida sandhill cranes that I saw: there necks and legs, were long and thin. They had a long, black, pointed beak. There forehead, has a bright red patch on it. There cheeks are white. There feathers are gray. There legs are black in color.

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Nov 12, 2016
Submitted on Nov 15, 2016

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