Saturday, August 7, 2010

White-naped Crane

White-naped Cranes (Below, 7-31-10) are another interesting Crane species we saw at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI. They have a very striking appearance with a dark gray body and dark gray stripe up the side of a white neck and nape. A reddish face with a gray patch on the ear also serve to identify this species. Males and females are virtually indistinguishable, although in breeding pairs males tend to be slightly larger in size than females, which grow to about 4' tall.
White-naped Cranes in the wild breed in northeastern Mongolia, northeastern China, and adjacent areas of southeastern Russia, and migrate south through China to wintering at wetlands in the middle Yangtze River valley. An interesting tidbit is approximately 2,000 birds in the eastern portion of the breeding range migrate through the Korean peninsula and several hundred remain on wintering grounds in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. The remainder continues on to the Japanese island of Kyushu where they rely heavily upon an artificial feeding station.

1 comment:

Chesney said...

What a beautiful fella...I love that red in his face, very nice close up!