French: Grue de paradis German: Paradieskranich Spanish: Grulla del Paraíso
A. A. H. Lichtenstein
inner South Africa
E & S South Africa and W Swaziland#R; small population in Etosha Pan area of Namibia.
110–120 cm; 4900–5300 g; wingspan 180–200 cm; male larger than female. Present species and A. virgo are the only cranes with entirely feathered... read more
Calls are low-pitched, raspy and broken, similar to those of A. virgo.
Primarily dry upland natural grassland dominated by grasses and sedges. Also roosts and nests in... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes seeds of sedges and grasses, roots and tubers; also insects, especially locusts and grasshoppers, and worms, crabs, fish,... read more
Mainly Oct–Dec, but on occasion as late as Mar. Nests primarily in grasslands near water, but also in pastures, crop fields, and... read more
Non-migratory. Local seasonal movements occur within South Africa. Vagrant elsewhere in S Africa, e... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. CITES II. Declining. Global population estimated in 2005 at over 25,580 individuals, nearly all in South Africa, with 2616 of these in eastern grasslands, 10,822... read more
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