Sandhill Crane Antigone canadensis

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Adult

Tall, heavy-bodied bird with a long neck and long legs. Drooping feathers form a “bustle” around its back end. Gray overall with some tan body feathers. Note red crown.

Adult

Large bird with broad wings. Flies with its neck stretched out and feet trailing behind.

Immature

Immature birds have a rusty crown and back of the neck. They also have more rusty plumage on their back and wings.

Adult with juveniles

Young can stand and walk shortly after hatching, but adults care for the chicks for up to 10 months.

Adult

Performs dances to attract mates. Displaying birds stretch their wings, pump their heads, bow, and leap into the air.

Adult

Nests in shallow wetlands where it builds a mounded nest out of reeds, sedges, and grasses on the ground, often above standing water.

Adult

Adults have a bright red crown and a large dark bill.

Adult

Forages for seeds, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, and insects in open grasslands, fields, and wetlands.

Habitat

Migrates and winters in extremely large flocks, numbering into the tens of thousands. Found in open prairies, grasslands, and wetlands.

Recommended Citation

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/sancra