Detroit Zoo Birds

Gray-crowned crane

At the Detroit Zoo
The gray-crowned cranes can be found in the African birds habitat in the African Forest from April through September.

The gray-crowned crane has predominantly gray plumage that contrasts sharply with black and white wings, a crest of golden feathers sitting on top of the head and a bright red gular pouch that hangs from the throat. Its head is black with large white cheek patches, while the neck is pale gray.

Scientific name: Balearica regulorum
Continent: Africa
Habitat: Mixture of wetland and open grassland habitats, including flood-plains, marshes, rivers and savannah
Size: 3 to 4 feet
Weight: 6.5 to 9 pounds
Diet: Insects, lizards, amphibians, fish, grasses and seeds
Reproduction: Clutch of two to three eggs that incubate for 28 to 31 days
: 50 to 60 years
Conservation Status: Endangered



Gray-crowned cranes are the only species of crane that can roost in trees due to a prehensile hind toe that allows them to grasp tree limbs.