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TWP – A Look At The Crowned Crane

By Chris Taylor Monday, July 30, 2018

Greetings friends and welcome to this week’s blog post. May is now in full swing and the flowers are starting to bloom. We’re open every day all day and we even have a spring special for you. Right now we have a Safari Train Ride / General Admission ticket available on our website. That’s a killer price for a fabulous time. Speaking of fabulous, we have some very fabulous crowned cranes.

The crowned crane is the national bird of Uganda and is native to Africa south of the Sahara. It belongs to the crane family “Gruidae.” They can be found near rivers, marshes and other wetland areas. These birds do not migrate but will make local and seasonal movements according to the food resources, the nest-site availability and the rains.

Crowned Cranes Are Omnivores and Consume Many Types of Prey…

The crowned crane is a fairly large bird standing about 3ft tall. They can weigh up to 9 pounds.  They have a red pouch called a “gular pouch” that hangs from their throats.

These birds are omnivores and consume many types of prey including seeds, insects, grasses, fish and other invertebrate. The grey crowned crane has a long hind toe which can grasp a branch allowing them to roost in trees.

During the breeding season, the grey crowned crane performs a beautiful dance, bow, run and jump while inflating the gular sacs and giving off low booming calls. These calls are given with the head lowered to shoulder level.

Don’t just take my word about how cool the crowned cranes are to cavort with, come and check them out personally. We’re open seven days a week for you to come and hang out with them. Don’t forget that this Sunday mothers get in free when you bring your family. That’s all for this week’s blog. We will see you all in the park this week.

 

 

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