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About the Demoiselle Crane

Also known as: Koonj

The Demoiselle Crane is a small species of migratory crane that breeds in parts of Eurasia. They winter in parts of Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

Demoiselle Cranes are omnivores, though they favor plant material like seeds and waste crops like chickpeas and cereals.

Demoiselle Cranes figure prominently in north Indian culture, where they are found in literature, poetry, and idiomatic language. In India they are known as the Koonj, a word derived from Sanskrit.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 18 March 2015
Scientific Name Anthropoides virgo
  • Gruiformes
  • Gruidae
  • Anthropoides
  • A. virgo
Birdorable Family Rails, Cranes & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 6 September 2015)
Units: Imperial Metric
34 to 39 inches
61 to 71 inches
70 to 106 ounces
Range East Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Central Africa South Asia Asia

International Names

  • 蓑羽鹤 (Chinese)
  • jeřáb panenský (Czech)
  • Jomfrutrane (Danish)
  • Jufferkraanvogel (Dutch)
  • neitokurki (Finnish)
  • Grue demoiselle (French)
  • Jungfernkranich (German)
  • Damigella di Numidia (Italian)
  • アネハヅル [anehaduru] (Japanese)
  • 쇠재두루미 (Korean)
  • Jomfrutrane (Norwegian)
  • żuraw stepowy (Polish)
  • Grou-pequeno (Portuguese)
  • Журавль-красавка (Russian)
  • Grulla Damisela (Spanish)
  • Jungfrutrana (Swedish)

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Demoiselle Crane Coloring Page

Demoiselle Crane Coloring Page

The Demoiselle Crane is the smallest species of crane in the world. The body plumage is mostly grey, with black along the neck and head, and on the secondary feathers. The fully-feathered ... more