Blue Crane (Anthropoides paradisea)
Subject: African birds - pardosa_birds_blue_crane_010.jpg
Date: 13 Sep 1998 13:37:08 GMT
Blue Crane (Anthropoides paradisea), also known as the Stanley Crane and the Paradise Crane, is the national bird of South Africa. It is a tall, ground-dwelling bird, but is fairly small by the standards of the crane family. It is 1.06 m (3.5 ft) tall and weighs about 4 kg (8.8 lbs). This crane is pale blue-gray in colour with a white crown, a pink bill, and long, dark gray wingtip feathers which trail to the ground.
Blue Cranes are birds of the dry, grassy uplands which feed on seeds and insects and spend little time in wetlands. They are altitudinal migrants, generally nesting in the upper grasslands and moving down to lower altitudes for winter. Many occupy agricultural areas.