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Grey Crowned Crane

Balearica regulorum

Range

  • East Africa

Habitat

  • Grasslands

Diet

  • Plants
  • Seeds
  • Grain
  • Insects
  • Frogs
  • Worms
  • Snakes
  • Small fish

This species occurs only in Africa. The national bird of Uganda, the crowned crane appears on its flag and coat of arms.

Threats such as hunting, live trapping, drainage, pesticides, and livestock overgrazing contribute to the species’ decline. These birds breed readily in captivity and can be found in zoos worldwide.

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