Meet Our Animals > East African Crowned Crane
Quick Facts
Native to Eastern sub-Saharan Africa and south of South Africa in grasslands near water
Primary Diet Plants, worms, insects, lizards, and small mammals
Adult Weight 6.6 to 8.8 pounds
Lifespan 22 years
Status Endangered

East African Crowned Crane

Also known as a gray crowned crane, this bird gets its name from the straw-yellow crown on its’ head. They’re omnivores and very, very hungry — they can spend their entire day looking for food. Unlike other cranes, East African crowned cranes nest in trees. As soon as the chicks hatch, they’re able to run.

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