Grey Crowned Crane
X Shooting in the wild means sometimes nature gets in the way of a good shot. If this had been shot against a green background the cranes crest would have looked impressive. Sadly the background was the same colour as the crest so rather a lack of contrast
The Grey Crowned Crane is about 1 m (3.3 ft) tall and weighs 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs). Its body plumage is mainly grey. The wings are also predominantly white, but contain feathers with a range of colours. The head has a crown of stiff golden feathers. The sides of the face are white, and there is a bright red inflatable throat pouch. The bill is relatively short and grey, and the legs are black. The sexes are similar, although males tend to be slightly larger. Young birds are greyer than adults, with a feathered buff face. Like all cranes, it feeds on insects, reptiles and small mammals.
Although the Grey Crowned Crane remains common over much of its range, it faces threats to its habitat due to drainage, overgrazing, and pesticide pollution. The Grey Crowned Crane eats grass seeds and insects, along with other invertebrates. The Grey Crowned Crane is the national bird of Uganda and features in the country's flag and coat of arms.
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