Black Crowned Crane ( Balearica pavonina )
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The Black crowned crane is not spread as much as the Grey crowned crane, which is the most common crane in Africa with a population of approximately 90 000 individuals. The Black crowned crane also known as the Northern crowned crane can be found south of the Sahara desert and in the western parts of Africa. It is spread especially in Sudan and Ethiopia.
It is 100 cm big in size (39 inches). It has got the golden crown on the head with the red area beneath. The plumage is mainly brown grey with a white area on the wings and golden area on the brown tail. It has got a vivid red wattle. Bill, legs and feet are black coloured. The sexes look similar, the young have brown plumage at the beginning of their lives. Their diet consists of vegetables, small invertebrates, seeds, fruit etc. Their habitat is generally a grassland. Their nest is usually made of vegetation and situated on the ground.