The crane, also known as the Grey Crane or Eurasian Crane, is a member of the crane family. In Europe, it is the only crane species to be found to a large extent; it is only from the Black Sea region that the distribution area of the Common Crane begins. Cranes inhabit swamp and moorland landscapes in large parts of northern and eastern Europe, but also some areas in northern Asia. They consume both animal and plant food throughout the year. The population has increased considerably in recent decades, so that the species is currently not endangered.