French: Grue couronnée German: Kronenkranich Spanish: Grulla coronada cuellinegra
Other common names:
West African Crowned-crane (pavonina),
Sudan Crowned-crane (ceciliae)
Cape Verde, Senegal
Subspecies and Distribution
B. p. pavonina
(Linnaeus, 1758) – scattered populations in sub-Saharan W Africa from Senegambia to L Chad.
B. p. ceciliae
Mitchell, 1904 – sub-Saharan Africa from Chad to Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and N Kenya, especially in basin of upper R Nile.
100–105 cm; 3000–4000 g; wingspan 180–200 cm. Iris pale grey to pale blue. Distinguished from B. regulorum by darker neck, small wattles, and red... read more
Calls are mellow honks, e.g. a single “honk” and a “ka-wonk”, generally low... read more
Mixture of shallow wetlands and grassland. In W Africa, affects flooded lowlands, riverbanks, rice... read more
Food and feeding
Generalist. Feeds on insects, including grasshoppers and flies; other invertebrates, including molluscs, millipedes and crustaceans; fish,... read more
Jul–Oct, but variable in response to rains, only occasionally nests during dry season. Nest, constructed by both sexes, is circular... read more
Usually regarded as being non-migratory, but the species is only occasionally recorded in Congo-... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. CITES II. In past, species was probably more numerous and more evenly distributed. Population of race ceciliae estimated at 28,000–55,000... read more
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