White-naped Crane

About the White-naped Crane
Also known as: White-necked Crane
White-naped Crane

The White-naped Crane is an Asian species of crane. Its breeding range extends from northeastern Mongolia across to southeastern Russia. Winters are spent in the DMZ, China, and Japan.

The White-naped Crane has a mostly grey plumage, with a bare red face. The species is named for its white nape; white feathers also cover the back of the head and throat. They are the only species of crane to have pinkish legs.

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The White-naped Crane is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This crane is listed as Vulnerable because it is thought to be experiencing a rapid and on-going population decline, largely as a result of the loss of wetlands to agriculture and economic development.

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