Juvenile White-Naped Crane

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.

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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.

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Black Crowned Crane

The Black Crowned Crane (Balearica pavonina ceciliae) is a rare bird native to the wetlands of eastern and western Africa. It is a subspecies of the Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum).

The Black Crowned Crane has a black neck, and a white and pink naked (featherless) head. Its wings are mainly white. Its head has a crown of stiff golden feathers. Its cheeks are pinkish-white, and it has a pink throat pouch. Its beak is short and grey, and its legs are black.

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Courtship dance of the Grey Crowned Crane

The Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum) is a bird native to the wetlands of eastern and southern Africa.

It is about 1 metre (3.3 feet) tall, and has a large wingspan of 2 metres (6.5 feet). It congregates in flocks of 30-150 individual birds.

The Grey Crowned Crane has a breeding, or courtship, display involving dancing, bowing, and jumping. Both males and females dance, and immature birds join the adults.

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Crested Crane

The Crested Crane (Balearica regulorum gibbericeps) is a bird native to the wetlands of eastern and southern Africa. It is a subspecies of the Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum).

Its body feathers are mainly grey, but its wings are mainly white with russet-brown feathers. Its head has a crown of stiff golden feathers. The sides of its face are white, and there is a bright red throat pouch. Its beak (bill) is short and grey, and its legs are black.

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