French: Grue à cou noir German: Schwarzhalskranich Spanish: Grulla cuellinegra
Qinghai Province, China
E Ladakh (NW India) and apparently Sikkim#R through Tibet to Xinjiang, Qinghai, Gansu and Sichuan (W & C China). Winters from S Tibet–Qinghai Plateau, Bhutan and NW & E Arunachal Pradesh (NE India)#R E to Yunnan–Guizhou Plateau (SC China), and formerly in Vietnam#R.
c. 115 cm; 5000–7000 g; wingspan 180–200 cm. The only pale grey crane with black primaries and secondaries; black neck and tail distinctive; iris yellow. Juvenile... read more
Calls high-pitched and penetrating, including louder or softer “gorr-kro, gon-kro, gorr-kro... read more
Summer habitat at high altitudes of 2950–4900 m: grassy wetlands, boggy meadows, marshes... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on plant roots and tubers, snails, fish, shrimps, frogs, lizards, small birds and voles. Recorded feeding on plateau pika. In... read more
Spring breeder; eggs laid from early May to mid Jun; in C & W Tibet, most laying in late May, but may not commence breeding in Ladakh... read more
Limited migration between high-altitude breeding areas and lower altitude agricultural valleys in... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. CITES I. Total population currently estimated at 10,070–10,970 birds, or 6600 mature individuals. Numbers are most easily counted in winter: six wintering... read more
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