Southern Grey Crowned Crane | Balearica regulorum

Robert's Wetland Birding Information: Southern Grey Crowned Crane

The Grey Crowned Crane is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Gruidae bird family group which includes birds such as Cranes.

The description for the Grey Crowned Crane (Latin name Balearica regulorum) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Balearica regulorum can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 209 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 307. You will find a picture of the Grey Crowned Crane on page 304.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

This bird is known as Crowned Crane in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Grey Crowned Crane between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Grey Crowned Crane is known in Afrikaans as Mahem.

The Grey Crowned Crane has a height of 110 cms and weighs around 4100 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured black. The Balearica regulorum has a red coloured throat, black legs and a grey coloured back. The eyes are blue.

The male Balearica regulorum has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is black.

Eyes are blue.

Bill is black.

Legs are black.

Throat is red.

Back is grey.

This bird has long legs ? ie legs the length of which are out of proportion to the bird's body size. This can be a useful identification guide (eg with the Lapwings).

Southern Grey Crowned Crane Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

The Grey Crowned Crane is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

Southern Grey Crowned Crane Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Grey Crowned Crane is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 4 eggs and they are coloured blue.

The Grey Crowned Crane is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.

The bird is found in the African bushveld.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks.