Demoiselle Crane

The Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo) is a large bird.

The Demoiselle Crane has a long white neck stripe. The black parts on its front neck stretch down over its chest. It also has long, black tail feathers. It has two long grey legs, a pinkish-grey beak, and large yellow eyes. 

Demoiselle Crane

It grows to 85-100 centimetres (33-40 inches) in height. It has a wingspan of 155-180 centimetres (61-71 inches). It is the smallest species of crane. 

The Demoiselle Crane is native to central Eurasia, from the Black Sea in the Caucasus to Mongolia and China. It can live in a variety of habitats, including deserts, grasslands, and wetlands.

It eats fish, insects, and small lizards. 

It is a migratory bird, travelling south to warmer weather in winter – usually to Africa or India. It takes a long and difficult migration route, travelling with up to 400 individuals. It flies with its head and neck outstretched, keeping its body in a straight horizontal line.

During courtship, it dances and leaps. It makes a nest on the ground amongst tall vegetation.

Demoiselle Crane
Demoiselle Crane
Demoiselle Crane
Demoiselle Crane
Demoiselle Crane
Demoiselle Crane
Demoiselle Crane

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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