Friday, 2 March 2012

Common Crane (Grus grus)

Five adult Common Crane (Grus grus) over Nene Washes, Cambridgeshire - April 2012

OTHER NAMES: Eurasian Crane
Weight: 3-6.1kg
Height: 100-130cm
Wingspan: 1.8-2.4m
UK AMBER LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

A huge bird, and one that has only recently returned from extinction in the UK after an absence since the 17th Century, the breeding population is still very small and localised to Eastern England with only around 6 pairs breeding.  There is however a slight influx of Wintering birds to a wider area - these birds here have apparently been around the Nene Washes near Peterborough this Winter, bizarrely for an incredibly endangered bird - visible from a cafe on a motorway feeding on the field opposite.  This is very much a bird which you'll have to track down to see, and as the breeding site is not made public, it might take a little bit of luck.

Related Species:
Order: Gruiformes

Family: Gruidae
Genus: Grus
Subspecies: none - monotypic

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Very rare resident breeder (9-14 pairs), rare Wintering species (c.52 birds) and very rare passage migrant.
 - A number of birds seen on several occasions in and around Nene Washes in 2012

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, Birdforum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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