Meet Our Animals > West African Black Crowned Crane
Quick Facts
Native to Open grasslands, marshes, and meadows near lakes and streams in Africa, from Chad to Cameroon to Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya
Primary Diet Grass, seeds, and grains but will consume invertebrates and plant roots
Adult Weight 7 to 8 pounds
Lifespan 20 to 25 years
Status Vulnerable

West African Black Crowned Crane

West African crowned cranes are locally regarded as an omen of rain because the birds migrate to temporary wetlands to breed as the rainy season begins. Both parents construct the nest in thick vegetation to hide the eggs and chicks from threats.

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