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About the Sandhill Crane

Also known as: Florida Crane, Little Brown Crane

Sandhill Cranes are large birds that are native to much of North America. Adults are mostly grey overall with a red forehead and white cheeks. Young Sandhill Cranes are called colts and are raised by both parents, who typically mate for life and remain together throughout the year.

Sandhill Cranes are named for an important migratory stop for the birds located in Nebraska. Their call is a loud, unmistakable trumpet-like sound that carries over great distance.

Sandhill Cranes have been around for a very long time. Fossil records in Nebraska indicate the species may be over 2 million years old!

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 07 July 2010
Scientific Name Grus canadensis
  • Gruiformes
  • Gruidae
  • Grus
  • G. canadensis
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 29 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
41 to 46 inches
73 to 77 inches
116 to 170 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • jeřáb kanadský (Czech)
  • Prærietrane (Danish)
  • Prairiekraanvogel (Dutch)
  • hietakurki (Finnish)
  • Grue du Canada (French)
  • Kanadakranich (German)
  • Gru canadese (Italian)
  • カナダヅル (kanadaduru) (Japanese)
  • 캐나다두루미 (Korean)
  • Kanadatrane (Norwegian)
  • zuraw kanadyjski (Polish)
  • Канадский журавль (Russian)
  • Grulla Canadiense (Spanish)
  • Prärietrana (Swedish)

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Sandhill Crane Coloring Page

The Sandhill Crane is the most abundant species of crane, with a wide distribution across much of North America. These large birds have a mostly grey plumage with a high degree of ... more