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Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Make Nikon D300
Lens Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G   at 450 mm
Exposure 1/500 s, f/6.3, ISO 320 
Image size 800 x 533 pixels

IOC Names

Order  Gruiformes   Family  Gruidae

Deutsch  Südafrikanischer Kronenkranich Dutch  Grijze Kroonkraan
Italian  Gru coronata grigia Spanish  Grulla Coronada Cuelligrís


These cranes are believed to resemble the ancestral Gruidae, as evidenced from their larger clutch than any other crane, their relatively simple dance and call, and their habit to roost in trees thanks to a long hind toe that can grasp branches.

Tarboton WR (1989): in The Complete Book of Southern African Birds, Ginn PJ, McIlleron WG, Milstein P le S (eds), Struik Publ, Cape Town, South Africa, p 195.


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Grey Crowned Crane
Balearica regulorum
Grue royale

Jean-Michel PAULUS