Once considered among the most secure of all cranes, Grey Crowned Cranes are rapidly declining across most of their range – action is needed now to save this species from extinction.
Scientific Name: Balearica regulorum
Subspecies: Balearica regulorum gibbericeps (East African), Balearica regulorum regulorum (South African)
Height: 3 ft; Wingspan: 3.7 ft
Field Marks: Adults - gray body, white wings with feathers ranging from white to brown to gold, head topped with stiff golden feathers, white cheek patches, red gular sack under chin, black legs and feet, short, gray bill. Juveniles – grayish body, brown nape, buffy face, crown spiky and golden buff.
Population: 30,000 (South African 12,000, East African 18,000)