Blue Crane

About the Blue Crane

Also known as: Paradise Crane, Stanley Crane

The Blue Crane is a smallish species of crane found in South Africa. The species is also known as the Stanley Crane or the Paradise Crane. The Blue Crane is the national bird of South Africa.

The Blue Crane has an overall blueish-gray plumage with a white feathered head and dark grey or black primary feathers.

Like other crane species, the Blue Crane is omnivorous. They feed near wetlands and find prey items as well as forage for plant material. They regularly feed on insects.

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 23 March 2015
Scientific Name
Anthropoides paradiseus
  • Gruiformes
  • Gruidae
  • Anthropoides
  • A. paradiseus
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Conservation Status
Vulnerable (as of 22 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
39 to 47 inches
71 to 79 inches
127 to 219 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
The Blue Crane is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2013 by BirdLife International. This species has declined rapidly, largely owing to direct poisoning, power-line collisions and loss of its grassland breeding habitat owing to afforestation, mining, agriculture and development. It is therefore listed as Vulnerable. Although probably stable at present, a variety of threats including power line collisions, wind farms, mining, climate change affecting the agricultural landscape, and capture for trade could easily trigger future declines unless appropriate conservation measures are implemented.

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 蓝蓑羽鹤
Czech (Cesky) jeřáb rajský
Danish (Dansk) Paradistrane
Dutch (Nederlands) paradijskraanvogel
Finnish (Suomi) hopeakurki
French (Français) Grue de paradis
German (Deutsch) Paradieskranich
Italian (Italiano) Gru del Paradiso
Japanese (日本語) ハゴロモヅル [hagoromoduru]
Norwegian (Norsk) Blåtrane
Polish (Polski) zuraw rajski
Portuguese (Português) Grou-do-paraíso
Russian (русский язык) Райский Четырёхкрылый журавль
Spanish (Español) Grulla del Paraíso
Swedish (Svenska) Paradistrana
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The Blue Crane is one of the smaller species of crane. It is also known as the Stanley Crane, or as the Paradise Crane. Blue Cranes have a mostly blue-gray body plumage. ... more