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1. There are two subspecies of sandhill cranes the lessers and the greatest.
2. Sandhill cranes are gray but the paint their feathers with rust colored mud, giving them a rust or brown appearance.
3. Cranes are very popular with the residents of Homer Alaska.
4. Lessers are called little brown cranes.
5. Size and body mass make lessers more efficient than greaters.
6. Eagles are one of the sandhill cranes biggest predators.
1. Mated pairs stay together year round.
2. They have a wingspan of 6 feet.
3. They typically lay 2 eggs with only 1 surviving the first year.
4. They can live 20 years in the wild.
5. There are 5 or 6 subspecies.
It’s Mango! Sandhills Cranes have Migratory and NonMigratory birds. The NonMigratory cranes live in Cuba,,Florida…and the Mississippi Delta!, apparently New Orleans?? The Migratory birds are the Lesser, Greater, and Canadian cranes. The cranes of Homer Alaska are Lesser Cranes!
The pacific population of Sandhill cranes is 10,000 Greater sandhill cranes, 35,000 Lesser sandhill cranes and 5,000 Canadian sandhill cranes.
Canadian sandhill cranes are medium size, between the Greater sandhill cranes and the Lesser sandhill cranes.
Genetics show that Canadian sandhill cranes, Cuban sandhill cranes, etc. are sub species of the greater Sandhill cranes.
Lesser sandhill cranes differentiate from Greater sandhill cranes in that they are shorter, their skulls are rounder, their beaks are shorter in ratio to their heads than the Greater sandhill cranes.
Adult sandhills have a red crown and pale cheek, and more red in their feathers than the chicks, which have more rust colored and brown colored feathers.
Sandhill cranes paint their feathers with rust colored mud. Experts think it might be for camouflage, or to help against insect pests, or just because
they want to look pretty.
1. Sandhill Cranes have a protected status, endangered in Washington (all subspecies) and Species of Conservation Concern (lesser) and Threatened (greater) in California.
2. There are six subspecies of sandhill cranes, three that migrate and three that don’t migrate.
3. Sandhill Cranes breeding grounds are in Siberia, Canada and Alaska.
4. Bald Eagles are predators of the Sandhill Cranes.
5. Both the male and female Sandhill Crane gather materials for the nest. Then the female arranges the nest to her liking.
1. There are six subspecies of Sandhill cranes. Three are migratory and three are not.
2. The three non-migratory subspecies of Sandhill cranes are: Florida, Mississippi and Cuban.
3. Eagles are the main predators of Sandhill cranes.
4. Loss of wetlands will impact the status of the Cranes in the future. Drought years are not good for nesting, and that often means no chicks are born in those years.
5. Female Sandhill cranes can only left their heads to a 45 degree angle when calling.
1. Sandhill cranes mate for life. (Mom sees sad single cranes sometimes near a busy street where they are plentiful)
2. During the months of February to April, approximately 600,000 cranes can be found at the Platt River Basin.
3. The female typically lays two eggs, and incubation (by both sexes) lasts about one month.
4. The Sandhill Crane lays two eggs.
5. Sandhill cranes are long-legged, long-necked, gray, heron-like birds with a patch of bald, red skin on top of their head
1: They are an apex species in the wetlands
2. There are 6 subspecies of sandhill cranes
3. Sandhill cranes mate for life
4. chicks start walking right away but don’t fly until 3 months of age
5. The female lays 1 to 3 eggs
There are a million interesting facts in the videos – and they are truly fascinating and beautiful birds.
1. Courtship between male and female cranes consist of a very elaborate and beautiful dance.
2. They will build a next 30-40 inches in diameter and the female will lay 1-3 eggs.
3. They travel in large flocks with the one they form in the Platte River Basin being the largest flock in their migratory journey.
4. Cranes preen by putting mud into their feathers to help them “blend in” to their surroundings.
5. The largest flock they form can be 600,000 birds strong.
Fantastic to see these magnificent birds! Just 5 of many facts:
1) over 600,000 of the Sand Hill Cranes stop at the Platte River in NE for their mid-winter rest on their way north.
2) SHCranes mate for life, and can live up to 30 or more years
3) Chicks take their first flight at 3 months, but start walking after their first day
4) The birds will hiss to keep predators at bay, in addition to kicking and calling
5) Sand Hill Cranes are an apex species in the wetlands, and they are an ancient species. A fossil dating 2.5 million years was discovered.