Detroit Zoo Birds

Grey crowned crane

At the Detroit Zoo
The grey crowned cranes can be found in the African birds habitat in the African Grasslands from April through September.

The grey crowned crane has predominantly grey 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



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.