Grus canadensis


Common Names: Sandhill crane
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Cranes


A species of large crane of North America and extreme northeastern Siberia. In Connecticut, people sometimes mistakenly call the great egret a crane. The sandhill crane has one of the longest fossil histories of any bird still found today.

The sandhill crane has a red forehead, white cheeks and a long dark pointed bill. Its long dark legs trail behind in flight, and the long neck is kept straight in flight. Immature birds have reddish brown upperparts and gray underparts. Adult is gray overall; during breeding, the plumage is usually much worn and stained, particular in the migratory populations, and looks nearly ochre. The sexes look alike.

Can be found in shallow wetlands.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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