What is the difference between the Black Crowned Crane and the Grey Crowned Crane?

What is the difference between the Black Crowned Crane (Balearica pavonina ceciliae) and the Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)?

The Black Crowned Crane has a black neck, and the Grey Crowned Crane has a soft slate-grey neck.

The Black Crowned Crane has pinkish-white cheeks, and the Grey Crowned Crane has white cheeks.

The Black Crowned Crane has a pink throat pouch, and the Grey Crowned Crane has a red throat pouch.

Crowned Crane

Black Crowned Crane (left) and Grey Crowned Crane (right)

 

The Black Crowned Crane and the Grey Crowned Crane are the same height and size, with a golden crest, dark-grey beak, and dark legs.

The Black Crowned Crane is rare, and the Grey Crowned Crane is more common. 

The Black Crowned Crane is native to the wetlands of eastern and western Africa, and the Grey Crowned Crane is native to the wetlands of eastern and southern Africa.

 

Black Crowned Crane

Black Crowned Crane

Crested Crane

Grey Crowned Crane

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

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