Happy Friday! We're celebrating cranes this week. Today we're sharing some fun free downloadable coloring pages. Cranes tend to have a lot of grey, black, and white in their plumage (not counting the Painted Crane). Many cranes, like North America's Sandhill Crane, have a bare patch... Read more »
The Demoiselle Crane is a small species of migratory crane that breeds in parts of Eurasia. They winter in parts of Africa and the Indian subcontinent.
Demoiselle Cranes are omnivores, though they favor plant material like seeds and waste crops like chickpeas and cereals.
Demoiselle Cranes figure prominently in north Indian culture, where they are found in literature, poetry, and idiomatic language. In India they are known as the Koonj, a word derived from Sanskrit.
Details & Statistics
The Demoiselle Crane is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be increasing, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is very large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.