Sandhill Crane

About the Sandhill Crane

Also known as: Florida Crane, Little Brown Crane

Sandhill Cranes are large birds that are native to much of North America. Adults are mostly grey overall with a red forehead and white cheeks. Young Sandhill Cranes are called colts and are raised by both parents, who typically mate for life and remain together throughout the year.

Sandhill Cranes are named for an important migratory stop for the birds located in Nebraska. Their call is a loud, unmistakable trumpet-like sound that carries over great distance.

Sandhill Cranes have been around for a very long time. Fossil records in Nebraska indicate the species may be over 2 million years old!

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 07 July 2010
Scientific Name
Grus canadensis
  • Gruiformes
  • Gruidae
  • Grus
  • G. canadensis
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 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
41 to 46 inches
73 to 77 inches
116 to 170 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) jeřáb kanadský
Danish (Dansk) Prærietrane
Dutch (Nederlands) Prairiekraanvogel
Finnish (Suomi) hietakurki
French (Français) Grue du Canada
German (Deutsch) Kanadakranich
Italian (Italiano) Gru canadese
Japanese (日本語) カナダヅル (kanadaduru)
Korean (한국어) 캐나다두루미
Norwegian (Norsk) Kanadatrane
Polish (Polski) zuraw kanadyjski
Russian (русский язык) Канадский журавль
Spanish (Español) Grulla Canadiense
Swedish (Svenska) Prärietrana
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