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The blue crane, also known as the Stanley crane and the paradise crane, is the national bird of South Africa. The species is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN. This crane is pale blue-gray in color becoming darker on the upper head, neck, and nape. From the crown to the lores, the plumage is distinctly lighter, sometimes whitish. The bill is ochre to greyish, with a pink tinge. The long wingtip feathers which trail to the ground.

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Photo capture date & Location: 2017-10 Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

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Taken on October 21, 2017