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About the Hooded Crane

The Hooded Crane is a small species of crane found across parts of Asia. They breed in parts of Mongolia and Siberia and spend the winters in Japan, South Korea, and China.

Hooded Cranes eat a varied diet that includes plants and their berries, insects, salamanders, and frogs. They consume a higher percentage of plant materials in the winter, including waste grains and rice, as well as seeds.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 16 March 2015
Scientific Name Grus monacha
  • Gruiformes
  • Gruidae
  • Grus
  • G. monacha
Birdorable Family Rails, Cranes & Friends
Conservation Status Vulnerable
  • 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 inches
63 to 71 inches
115 to 172 ounces
Range Central Asia East Asia South Asia Asia


Hooded Cranes are considered Vulnerable to extinction as of March 2015. The global population is estimated to be under 12,000 individuals with a decreasing trend. The species faces threats from los of wetland breeding habitat and loss of wintering habitat due to development. Pollution and pesticides are other threats facing the species.

International Names

  • 白头鹤 (Chinese)
  • jeřáb kápový (Czech)
  • Hættetrane (Danish)
  • Monnikskraanvogel (Dutch)
  • munkkikurki (Finnish)
  • Grue moine (French)
  • Mönchskranich (German)
  • Gru monaca (Italian)
  • ナベヅル [nabeduru] (Japanese)
  • 흑두루미 (Korean)
  • Hvithodetrane (Norwegian)
  • zuraw bialoglowy (Polish)
  • Grou-de-capuz (Portuguese)
  • Чёрный журавль (Russian)
  • Grulla Monje (Spanish)
  • Munktrana (Swedish)

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