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Wattled Crane

Wedge-tailed Eagle
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About the Wattled Crane

Also known as: Great African Wattled Crane

The Wattled Crane is a large species of crane found in Africa. In fact, at up to five feet nine inches tall, it is the largest crane species in Africa.

Wattled Cranes have grey body plumage, white necks, and prominent white wattles hanging below the upper throat. Males and females look alike, though males are larger.

Wattled Cranes are dependent on wetlands. They are resident birds in their range, across central parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 20 March 2015
Scientific Name Bugeranus carunculatus
  • Gruiformes
  • Gruidae
  • Bugeranus
  • B. carunculatus
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 19 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
47 to 69 inches
90 to 102 inches
224 to 320 ounces
Range Central Africa East Africa South Africa


The Wattled Crane is considered Vulnerable to Extinction, with a decreasing population trend as of March 2015. Loss of habitat is a major threat, as is illegal poaching and secondary poisoning.

International Names

  • 肉垂鹤 (Chinese)
  • jeřáb bradavičnatý (Czech)
  • Vortetrane (Danish)
  • Lelkraanvogel (Dutch)
  • helttakurki (Finnish)
  • Grue caronculée (French)
  • Klunkerkranich (German)
  • Gru caruncolata (Italian)
  • ホオカザリヅル [hookazariduru] (Japanese)
  • Vortetrane (Norwegian)
  • zuraw koralowy (Polish)
  • Grou-carunculado (Portuguese)
  • Серёжчатый журавль (Russian)
  • Grulla Carunculada (Spanish)
  • Vårttrana (Swedish)

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