Red-crowned Crane

About the Red-crowned Crane
Also known as: Japanese Crane, Manchurian Crane
Red-crowned Crane

Red-crowned Cranes are large cranes that live across parts of Asia. They are also known as Japanese Cranes.

Red-crowned Cranes are named for the red patch of bare skin they have at the crown, which becomes a brighter red during breeding season. Their plumage is white with black secondary wing feathers. When standing, these long wing feathers make it look like the crane has a black tail, when in fact the tail is white.

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The Red-crowned Crane is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2013 by BirdLife International. This species is classified as Endangered because it has a very small population, and although the population in Japan is stable, the mainland Asian population continues to decline owing to loss and degradation of wetlands through conversion to agriculture and industrial development.

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