Some animals have young that look similar to their adult parents. Other animals have young that look very different from their adult parents.
The White-Naped Crane (Antigone vipio) is a large wetlands bird. The adult measures about 130 centimetres (51 inches) tall, with a large wingspan of 2 metres (6.5 feet). The young (juvenile) White-Naped Crane looks very different from its parents.
The juvenile White-Naped Crane has fluffy pale-brown and white feathers. The adult White-Naped Cranehas a grey and white striped neck and a grey body. It takes 2-3 years for the juvenile to gain its adult feathers.
The juvenile White-Naped Crane has pale beige legs. The adult White-Naped Crane also has pinkish-beige legs.
The juvenile White-Naped Crane has a medium-sized brownish-pink beak. The adult White-Naped Crane has a large beige beak which is black towards the face.
The juvenile White-Naped Crane has a pale face, with brown on the crown and white on its chin and neck. The adult White-Naped Crane has a red face patch. Its cheeks are black, and its crown and neck are white.
The White-Naped Crane is native to Asia, in Mongolia, China and Russia.
It is an insectivore because it mainly eats insects. It also eats seeds, roots, plants, and small mammals.
It congregates in flocks of 30-150 individual birds.It has a breeding, or courtship, display involving dancing, bowing, and jumping. Both males and females dance, and immature birds join the adults.
Male and female cranes make a large nest in tall grass. The female lays a clutch of 2-5 eggs, which both the male and female sit on until they hatch 28–31 days later.
The chicks are precocial, which means that they can run as soon as they hatch. They get their flying feathers within 56–100 days.
The juvenile White-Naped Crane in the photograph was born on 27 April 2019.
[Location of photographs: Paris Zoo, France]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM