Wattled Crane

About the Wattled Crane

Also known as: Great African Wattled Crane

The Wattled Crane is a large species of crane found in Africa. In fact, at up to five feet nine inches tall, it is the largest crane species in Africa.

Wattled Cranes have grey body plumage, white necks, and prominent white wattles hanging below the upper throat. Males and females look alike, though males are larger.

Wattled Cranes are dependent on wetlands. They are resident birds in their range, across central parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 20 March 2015
Scientific Name
Bugeranus carunculatus
  • Gruiformes
  • Gruidae
  • Bugeranus
  • B. carunculatus
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Conservation Status
Vulnerable (as of 21 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
47 to 69 inches
90 to 102 inches
224 to 320 ounces


The Wattled Crane is considered Vulnerable to Extinction, with a decreasing population trend as of March 2015. Loss of habitat is a major threat, as is illegal poaching and secondary poisoning.

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 肉垂鹤
Czech (Cesky) jeřáb bradavičnatý
Danish (Dansk) Vortetrane
Dutch (Nederlands) Lelkraanvogel
Finnish (Suomi) helttakurki
French (Français) Grue caronculée
German (Deutsch) Klunkerkranich
Italian (Italiano) Gru caruncolata
Japanese (日本語) ホオカザリヅル [hookazariduru]
Norwegian (Norsk) Vortetrane
Polish (Polski) zuraw koralowy
Portuguese (Português) Grou-carunculado
Russian (русский язык) Серёжчатый журавль
Spanish (Español) Grulla Carunculada
Swedish (Svenska) Vårttrana
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The Wattled Crane is the largest species of crane found in Africa. They are dependent on wetland habitat. Wattled Cranes have grey body plumage, white necks, and prominent white wattles hanging below the upper ... more