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Sarus
Crane

Vulnerable

Decreasing

Sarus Crane

Grus antigone

The sarus crane is a large non-migratory crane found in parts of the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australia. The tallest of the flying birds, standing at a height of up to 5.9 ft, they are conspicuous and iconic species of open wetlands. The sarus crane is easily distinguished from other cranes in the region by the overall grey colour and the contrasting red head and upper neck. They forage on marshes and shallow wetlands for roots, tubers, insects, crustaceans and small vertebrate prey. Like other cranes, they form long-lasting pair-bonds and maintain territories within which they perform territorial and courtship displays that include loud trumpeting, leaps and dance-like movements.

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Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    দেশি সারস
  • Bhojpuri:
    सारस
  • Gujarati:
    સારસ
  • Hindi:
    सारस
  • Malayalam:
    സാരസ കൊക്ക്
  • Marathi:
    सारस क्रौंच
  • Nepali:
    सारस
  • Tamil:
    சாரசு கொக்கு
  • Telugu:
    సరస్సు కొంగ
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Taxanomy

GRUIFORMES
GRUIDAE
Grus antigone

Quick Facts
  • It is a state bird of Uttar Pradesh.
  • It is the tallest (1.56 m tall) bird amongst Indian birds with wingspan of 8 feet and weight around 7 kg.
Sarus Crane

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