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Grey Crowned-Crane

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About the Grey Crowned-Crane

Also known as: Crowned Crane, Blue-necked Crane, Blue-necked Crowned-Crane, Gray Crane, Gray Crowned Crane, Northern Crowned Crane, Royal Crane, Royal Crowned-Crane, South African Crowned Crane, Southern Crowned Crane

The Grey Crowned-Crane is a non-migratory species of crane found in parts of Africa. They reside in eastern Africa down into South Africa.

Grey Crowned-Cranes are named for their predominately dark grey body plumage, and for the elaborate crown of stiff golden feathers on their heads.

Grey Crowned-Cranes are omnivorous, feeding on snakes, fish, frogs, seeds, grains, and other food items. Along with the Black Crowned-Crane, this species has an elongated rear toe which allows it to roost in trees. They are the only cranes with this ability.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 16 March 2015
Scientific Name Balearica regulorum
  • Gruiformes
  • Gruidae
  • Balearica
  • B. regulorum
Birdorable Family Rails, Cranes & Friends
Conservation Status Endangered
  • 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 4 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
39 to 43 inches
71 to 79 inches
Range Central Africa East Africa South Africa


Grey Crowned-Cranes are considered Endangered by the IUCN as of March 2015. They face threats including habitat loss and habitat degradation. Hunting and trapping are other threats to the species. The population trend is declining rapidly.

International Names

  • 灰冕鹤 (Chinese)
  • jeřáb královský (Czech)
  • Grå Krontrane (Danish)
  • Grijze Kroonkraanvogel (Dutch)
  • etelänkruunukurki (Finnish)
  • Grue royale (French)
  • Südafrikanischer Kronenkranich (German)
  • Gru coronata grigia (Italian)
  • ホオジロカンムリヅル [hoojirokammuriduru] (Japanese)
  • Gråkrontrane (Norwegian)
  • koronnik szary (Polish)
  • Grou-coroado-austral (Portuguese)
  • Восточный венценосный журавль (Russian)
  • Grulla Coronada Cuelligrís (Spanish)
  • Grå krontrana (Swedish)

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Grey Crowned-Crane Coloring Page

Grey Crowned-Crane Coloring Page

The Grey Crowned-Crane is found in eastern and southern parts of Africa. They have a striking plumage, which includes a greyish neck, dark grey body plumage, red throat wattles, and a large ... more