Black-necked Crane

About the Black-necked Crane

The Black-necked Crane is a medium-sized species of crane found in parts of Asia. They have a mostly grey plumage, with its namesake black along the neck and back of the head. The crown is bare red skin and there is a small patch of white feathers behind the eye.

Black-necked Cranes feed on a variety of food items, including earthworms, frogs, and plant roots. They often forage together in small groups, probing the ground for food. During feeding, one bird might act as a sentinel, looking for predators or other dangers as the other birds concentrate on foraging.

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 20 March 2015
Scientific Name
Grus nigricollis
  • Gruiformes
  • Gruidae
  • Grus
  • G. nigricollis
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Conservation Status
Vulnerable (as of 21 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
55 inches
93.6 inches
192 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
The Black-necked Crane is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species is classified as Vulnerable because it has a single small population that is in decline owing to the loss and degradation of wetlands, and changing agricultural practices in both its breeding and wintering grounds. However, the population has apparently increased in recent years, and if these increases prove to be genuine and sustained then downlisting to a lower threat category may be appropriate.

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 黑颈鹤
Czech (Cesky) jeřáb černokrký
Danish (Dansk) Sorthalset Trane
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwarthalskraanvogel
Finnish (Suomi) mustakaulakurki
French (Français) Grue à cou noir
German (Deutsch) Schwarzhalskranich
Italian (Italiano) Gru collonero
Japanese (日本語) オグロヅル [oguroduru]
Norwegian (Norsk) Svarthalstrane
Polish (Polski) zuraw czarnoszyi
Portuguese (Português) Grou-de-pescoço-preto
Russian (русский язык) Черношейный журавль
Spanish (Español) Grulla Cuellinegra
Swedish (Svenska) Svarthalsad trana
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