Hooded Crane

About the Hooded Crane

The Hooded Crane is a small species of crane found across parts of Asia. They breed in parts of Mongolia and Siberia and spend the winters in Japan, South Korea, and China.

Hooded Cranes eat a varied diet that includes plants and their berries, insects, salamanders, and frogs. They consume a higher percentage of plant materials in the winter, including waste grains and rice, as well as seeds.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 16 March 2015
Scientific Name
Grus monacha
  • Gruiformes
  • Gruidae
  • Grus
  • G. monacha
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Vulnerable (as of 4 May 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 inches
63 to 71 inches
115 to 172 ounces



Hooded Cranes are considered Vulnerable to extinction as of March 2015. The global population is estimated to be under 12,000 individuals with a decreasing trend. The species faces threats from los of wetland breeding habitat and loss of wintering habitat due to development. Pollution and pesticides are other threats facing the species.

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 白头鹤
Czech (Cesky) jeřáb kápový
Danish (Dansk) Hættetrane
Dutch (Nederlands) Monnikskraanvogel
Finnish (Suomi) munkkikurki
French (Français) Grue moine
German (Deutsch) Mönchskranich
Italian (Italiano) Gru monaca
Japanese (日本語) ナベヅル [nabeduru]
Korean (한국어) 흑두루미
Norwegian (Norsk) Hvithodetrane
Polish (Polski) zuraw bialoglowy
Portuguese (Português) Grou-de-capuz
Russian (русский язык) Чёрный журавль
Spanish (Español) Grulla Monje
Swedish (Svenska) Munktrana
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